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    • Almost certainly the UK's first (and only?) large Chinese HO roundy-roundy layout.
      26ft x 10ft , requires XLB transit van. Based in Watford. Six operators
      Contact : Paul Stapleton 07799728863  [email protected]
      Still unfinished - shown at CMRA exhibition Jan 2019
      Prototype shot taken in 2007 of typical industrial system …………..

       My version...…………...

      Features :  
      Authentic operation - last of mainline steam action in 2004 alongside diesel powered national rail system alongside steam powered industrial railway. Constant action on the scenic front.
      Four circuits :  Bi-directional steam powered regional railway. Twin track diesel powered China Rail mainline. Bi-directional industrial line
      Passenger trains up to 17 coaches long
      Double headed 2-10-2 hauled freight trains
      Banking station where bankers attach to industrial line trains and leave on a 1/30 incline
      Steam sound
      Many working features - level crossing barriers etc

    • Summat Colliery is an OO gauge fictitious east midlands colliery layout set in 1958 towards the last days of BR steam. The colliery like so many in real life has evolved over the years and features many different styles of buildings reflecting the popular style at the time they were constructed.
      The name is derived from the name of a now long gone colliery at Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Summit Colliery and the local pronunciation of “something”. I like to think that it’s summat like a colliery!
      Modelled in 00 gauge using Peco code 75 track throughout, the layout is totally DCC controlled. The scenic sections of the layout measure 8’ by 2’ and incorporate a hidden sector plate under/behind the main screen building allowing empty wagons to be shunted off-scene and full ones to be returned to the exchange sidings. A further 4’ non-scenic sector plate/display section allows loaded coal trains to off stage and empty trains to arrive ready for loading.
      Points are operated by Peco solenoids controlled via the DCC handset using MERG accessory decoder boards connected to the DCC bus.
      Day to day shunting duties are performed by Harry and #49 - “austerity” tank engines that despite their age are well cared for by the colliery staff.
      A variety of freight locomotives visit the colliery ranging from mighty 9Fs to more humble workhorses. Modernisation plan diesels also sometimes make an appearance. Watch out for the occasional surprise visitor to the colliery too!
      The atmosphere at the colliery is quite relaxed, the shunter leans against his cabin drinking tea and watching the squirrels. Other workers sit round the oil drum brazier and share a joke whilst two others hose down the area under the screens.
      Keen eyes will also spot the remains of someone’s bike, long since abandoned, rabbits, a badger and even a hedgehog.
      Lighting is provided for the shed staff and in the main buildings which comes into it’s own in less well lit venues.
      When the boiler is fired up next to the screens the chimney will smoke too!
      Attached is an info sheet giving more details.

    • Pig Lane is a small diesel stabling point on the Berkshire and Oxfordshire boarder.
      It is modelled in the period after steam but before the locomotive fleet was renumbered with the then new TOPS numbers. All buildings are scratch or kit built, and all figures are scratchbuilt from Milliput. Locos and stock are RTR. I hope the layout show what can be done with RTR models.
      When operating I use a card system which determines which is the next loco to arrive or depart, I try to involve the visitors by getting them to chose the next card and for the children to suggest how I get an engine form one place to the other.
      It can be operated from either side. It is self supporting. Requires one power point, a small stock table and two chairs. I normally have a second operator with me. It all fits in my car so expenses are petrol for me and my mate. 
      It is 6 ft 8 1/2 ins long by 1 ft wide. It was built for a competition where the rules stated the scenic side should be 4 ft 8 1/2 ins and 1 ft wide with up to two square feet for the fiddle yard.   


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