About this blog
Hello folks and welcome to my first blog post. I intend to keep this as a running update for everything going on with my layout, from scenics to rolling stock and so on. But first, a little background. Barton St David began construction three years ago and is my first model railway project having come from the ‘train set’ side of model railways. Despite the fact that it is not 100% accurate, I have tried to be as realistic as my modelling abilities would let me, and this is the result so far. I began exhibiting in November 2019, with my last exhibition being at the Gartell Light Railway in 2020, before everything kicked off and exhibitions became a big ‘nono.’
Despite this, I have been working hard to develop the layout into what it is at the moment, with a big emphasis over the past 6 months on improving my rolling stock fleet. But first, some images of the layout in its entirety.
The first of the scenic boards is below, and although it looks like a double line, the nearest to the front is actually a headshunt, although provision is there for extension.
Next up is the first of the station sections. This also contains part of the goods yard, with four sidings to play with. Platforms 1 and 2 can also be seen.
The next two images show views of the final scenic board, the main station area. Features include a kit-bashed metcalfe goods shed and scratchbuilt loading bays for the goods yard. Platforms are still a little bare, they have your usual details on but I’m not happy with the colour. Too light in my opinion. Oh, and excuse the badly drawn trees. Backscene development in the early stages!
Below is one of my favourite scenes, tucked in the corner of the first scenic board. The tree was made from electrical wire, scouring pads and blu-tak, not bad looking really! Wanted to give the impression of a little used field, and I think it’s been achieved quite well.
There are a lot more details both on the layout and in the planning which I shall be sharing as and when. Hopefully this is a good overview, and please feel free to provide any feedback or ask about bits and bobs, I’ll be happy to oblige. More updates to come so watch this space!