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State of Play - Overview of the Layouts




So far there are four layouts in the Farthing series, each depicting a section of the same overall station. The individual trackplans are simple affairs, but when linked to fiddle yards they all contain a certain operational scope in the form of shunting puzzles. The layouts built so far are:




1. The Branch Bay (above) was the first of the layouts, and is complete. It shows the bay platform at Farthing ca. 1904-1908, and draws on selected features from the bays at Newbury station.






2. The Goods Depot (above) is also complete. It shows part of a large goods depot, seen from the inside and looking out. The period is ca. 1900-1908. It mixes features from the old goods depots at Windsor, Reading and Hockley.






3. The Old Yard (above) is complete. It focuses on the remains of the old N&SJR station at Farthing, long since swallowed up by the GWR and converted to a secondary good yard. The layout was inspired by the history and goods operations of Stratford on Avon, Witney Goods and Gloucester Old Yard.





4. The Stables (above) is under construction. It provides a roadside view of the stable block and surrounding sidings at Farthing during the early 1900s. It  is inspired by views of the stable blocks at Slough and Park Royal, and the tree-lined perimeters of Vastern Road Yard in Reading. 



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Hi Jon, thanks. I hope we'll see some of your fantastic work over there soon!

"The Old Yard" was prompted by reading an article in the GWR Journal about Gloucester Old Yard, which had some notes about shunting loco coal wagons - a type of wagon that I have a "thing" for. (Not sure why some particular styles of wagon tend to capture our imagination?). Must remember to finish "The depot" first though biggrin.gif.

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