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Milton Keynes Model Railway Society wishes dispose of its Milton Quays exhibition layout. The layout is 36ft long x 3ft wide including control panels and is constructed to EM gauge using C&L Finescale trackwork throughout. Points are controlled by Tortoise motors and control is analogue. The layout is based on BR Southern practice and represents a quayside passenger terminal together with freight facilities further along the quayside. Buildings are scratchbuilt and all based on real prototypes from various places on the SR. A cosmetic third rail has been laid to permit authentic running of EMU sets to and from the fiddle yard. For more photographs of the layout please review the gallery 'Milton Quays'. Offers please to [email protected] The layout can be viewed by appointment and please note stock is not included
- FOR SALE
- USED - unboxed, modified and evidence of use
NO VALUE SPECIFIED
Milton Keynes Model Railway Society wishes dispose of its Milton Quays exhibition layout. The layout is 36ft long x 3ft wide including control panels and is constructed to EM gauge using C&L Finescale trackwork throughout. Points are controlled by Tortoise motors and control is analogue. The layout is based on BR Southern practice and represents a quayside passenger terminal together with freight facilities further along the quayside. Buildings are scratchbuilt and all based on real prototypes from various places on the SR. A cosmetic third rail has been laid to permit authentic running of EMU sets to and from the fiddle yard. For photographs of this layout please refer to the Gallery 'Milton Quays' Offers please to [email protected] The layout can be viewed by appointment and please note stock is not included
The Fenny Stratford layout had a very strange birth. At the time my wife was undertaking research for our local heritage group, on how the railways affected our area of Milton Keynes. As part of her research, she found a track plan of Fenny Stratford from the late 1940’s and my first thought was that it would be a good Exhibition layout. Fenny Stratford is located just east of Bletchley and was part of the Varsity Line running between Oxford and Cambridge operated by the LMS. During the 1950’s Fenny Stratford was a double track station and it had a number of sidings and a large active timber yard. During this period the timetable was comprehensive with a mixture of passenger and freight services. In the future Fenny Stratford will again be part of the new East West Rail link. However, even this new plan will see Fenny Stratford remain as a single track. I suggested to our model railway club that it could be built as a club exhibition layout, but this was not possible due lack of room. It was at that point that a fellow club member Peter Ellis and I decide to build it as a joint venture in my garage. Peter converted the 1946 track plan into an AnyRail track plan. We had to move the Grand Union Canal about 150 yards nearer the station, this was to keep the overall length of the layout within the restrictions set by the length of the garage. Construction Once we had the detailed track plan we, could start work on the baseboards. For this we turned to a friend at the club, Wayne Webb. He had built a number of baseboards for a few of different layouts (including Brinklow BRM February 2018 and Dentdale BRM April 2014). He designed the individual boards and even cut all of the plywood pieces required. This, for Peter and I was great as it was just like putting together a piece of Ikea furniture. The major benefit of these boards is that they are both lightweight but unbelievably strong. The layout consists of 5 scenic boards. The length of these is 1 at 1.2 metres, 2 at 1.0 metres and 2 at 0.9 metres, making a scenic length of 5 metres. - Each board is constructed from 12mm plywood for the sides and 9mm plywood for the top. - The legs are 44 x 20mm softwood with steel corner braces. - The layout is held together with 5mm bolts and wing nuts. - At the outset we decided that the layout would be DCC controlled, have working signals and working level crossing gates. These would be controlled using servos with a MegaPoint Controller. - The track is Peco code 75 bullhead rail. All points have been modified for DCC use and to improve their appearance we removed all of the excess sleepers. The result of this work was extremely pleasing. - All of the points are operated using Cobalt Digital slow action point motors. - The signals are hand built using kits from Wizard Models as the base, these are operated by mini digital servos controlled by MegaPoint controller. - At each end of the layout there is an addition 1.2 metre fiddle yard board. For the fiddle yard we have used a twin track cassette system with 4 cassettes at each end. These locate with brass rod and tubing that both locates them and also provides the electrical connection. Layout Control Once the track had been laid the task of wiring the layout started. Each board was wired as a single unit, with a DCC bus, a 12volt bus and wiring for signals and level crossing servos. The boards are connected using Tamiya connectors for the DCC bus and 12 pin D connectors for everything else. Each board was individually tested by connecting it to the master board. Once all of the boards where completed the whole layout was connected and the first trains ran on Fenny Stratford. This was great as we could play trains for a while. The layout is controlled using an NCE Powercab system. We decided very early on that we did not want to control the points using a mimic panel, so we decided to use JMRI PanelPro and use the Routes functionality it provides. The actual operation of the layout is performed using wireless tablets again connected using JMRI. These allow the operators freedom of movement and also easy access to the throttles and the routes. During our testing phase we refined the setup and we are now very happy with its operation. Buildings All of the buildings on the layout are a true representation as they were in the 1950’s. Some of the buildings still exist today, such as the station building, police station and the canal cottages. All of the others we had to find photographs on the Internet. These included the crossing keepers house, signal box, Rowlands Timber Yard building and Rowlands house on Simpson Road. Fortunately, Peter is a retired architect and was able to produce accurate plans that we could use to build them from. The station building has some very complex fittings, such as the bargeboards and the supports for the sidewalk cover. Once again Peter’s skill with his CAD system came to the rescue when he produced 3D drawings which we then had 3D printed with excellent results. The vast majority of the buildings are scratch built on plain PlastiKard carcasses covered with brick embossed PlastiKard then painted and weathered. Most of the buildings are fitted with lights for even more effect. We have used a few kit buildings for such things as the coal office, platelayers’ huts and goods shed. However, all have been modified in some way to fit our requirements. Scenery The lengthy process of bringing the layout to life was started by the adding of the scenery. The first task was to replicate the ‘Stag Road’ bridge that carried the A5 road over the railway. Once this was in place the remaining contours for the rest of the layout could be set out. The main embankments were constructed using the tried and tested method of lacing card strips over forms and then covering this with paper soaked in PVA glue. These were then covered with various Woodland Scenics scatters and static grass, to build the look we wanted. Simpson Road crosses the railway controlled by level crossing gates. The gates were constructed by modifying a Willis kit. These are operated by mini digital servos. After our first exhibition these gates needed to be strengthened as a couple of the gates got knocked off. The Grand Union canal at Fenny Stratford includes a set of locks that have the smallest rise of any lock on the Grand Union canal network of just 12 inches. Unfortunately, we only have room for one of the sets of gates, but this one is an accurate representation of the real thing. The canal was built using a plywood base that was sanded and then painted a mixed green colour which was blended to give that canal colour. This was then covered with two coats of Deluxe Solid Water. A tip when using this product is to make sure ALL holes in the sides and base are filled, we missed a tiny pin hole and finished up with a puddle on my cabin carpet...!! During the work on the scenery, we began to realise that we needed in excess of 50 trees on the layout. We decided that we simply did not have enough hours to build these ourselves, so we subcontracted these to another of our friends at our model railway club, Jacqui who runs Ceynix. We are so glad we made this decision as the trees Jacqui produced for us are just brilliant. The backscenes for the layout could not be obtained from any commercial source. To produce what we wanted it was decided that these would need to be hand painted. Peter took on this challenge and produced them using Acrylic paint. The perspective is just right, so you can look down Simpson Road and see it disappearing into the distance. All of the point rodding has been added using the Willis point rodding kits which bring the track alive. Rolling Stock The rolling stock is mainly Bachmann with a scattering of Hornby items. We found on the Internet a copy of a timetable for the 1950’s which we could then use to determine the rolling stock required. The majority of the movements are using steam locomotives with a DMU serving the local passenger service. We use a mixture of MK1 corridor coaches as well as suburban coaches for the passenger services. In addition, there are a number of goods trains used to keep the interest going. Finally Both Peter and I are very pleased and proud with what we have achieved, both in terms of realism, interest and quality. Our biggest accolade was when one of my neighbours came to see the layout. She explained that as a child she would catch a train from Fenny Stratford to school in Bedford. In her words it brought back many memories and was exactly as she remembered it. We started work on the layout in September 2016. Our target was to complete the layout for the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society 50thanniversary exhibition. This was to take place on the 16thFebruary 2019, which was to be the layouts first outing. We are pleased to say we made it. Fenny Stratford will be at the National Festival of British Railway Modelling, Doncaster Exhibition Centre, The Racecourse, Doncaster, DN2 6BB on the 8th– 9thFebruary 2020. Please come along and see us. If you would like to see Fenny Stratford at your exhibition please refer to the attached 'Fenny Stratford Exhibition Specification' documentFenny Stratford Exhibition Specification.pdf Factfile Layout name: Fenny Stratford Scale/gauge: 1:176 / OO gauge Size: 7.4 metres x 0.8 metres (24ft x 32in) Era/region: BR (LMS) 1950 – 1965 Location: Buckinghamshire Layout type: DCC Words: David Court Photography: Adrian Court, David Court and Peter Ellis
Peter Ellis and myself over the last 30 months have built an OO gauge exhibition layout of Fenny Stratford (near Bletchley), which is located on the Oxford to Cambridge line and is based in the 1950's. The layouts first outing was to the Milton Keynes Model Railway Society two day exhibition at Stantonbury.
If you are interested in the layout at any of your forthcoming exhibitions please read the attached specification.
We are building a engine shed scene on our OO gauge layout and this is based around the same Scalescenes engine shed that you have used. I have been search for a model of a engine shed office and I stumbled on your brilliant office building. Did you scratch build this or is a another kit.