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Hello there everyone and welcome to this new thread for a new proposed layout. Following on from the success and enjoyment of 'Berry Pomeroy', I decided that I would like to rid myself of an older, novice style layout from a few years ago (not Berry Pomeroy) and construct something else in its place. The new layout had to meet certain criteria: Western Region of BR 1950s/60s No specific location but somewhere true to GWR territory - inspiration from Cornwall was the plan Small layout similar in size to Berry Pomeroy Use of small locos Branch line services and setting Some shunting to take place Use of a halt rather than a full on station terminus For some time now I have dabbled with thoughts of using a halt on a small GWR setting layout. I didn't want to have a halt in the middle of some beautiful countryside on a single track branch. As beautiful as this may be, I knew boredom would soon set in, even if some limited shunting opportunities could be made. So, I remembered by interest in Coombe Junction on the Liskeard to Looe branch in Cornwall and how unique and interesting this must have been to operate in the good old days. Coombe is still a very unique place today (we should be thankful that this branch survived against all the odds at all really) as it requires a reversal of direction to gain either access towards Liskeard or Looe and, therefore, it is debatable whether or not it is a terminus from either line or just another halt/stopping place en route to either destination. Personally, Coombe is just a unique halt/stopping place rather than a terminus and that's what I'd like to dabble with. In the end, 'Noss Penan Halt' was born. Very Cornish in name and Cornish I suppose in operation and design. One engine in steam, small halt, limited freight handling opportunities and unique like Coombe in that the loco must run round in order to continue its journey. The design also allows for a shunting puzzle to sort of be created. Unlike Coombe in real life or back in the day, departures to Ippleton St. Mary (see plan) can only be accessed from the platform road, requiring some thoughtful shunting. So, here is a plan which is open to revisions as construction is on the cards but not for a little while yet. Thank you for looking everyone and please feel free to chip in with suggestions/comments or just to be a critical friend Cheers, Chris
Hi all, I picked up some nicely printed (and reasonably priced) Titled Train Packs from Sankey Scenics at Model Rail Scotland - these include the roof boards for the carriages, the headboard and doors for the end carriages. I decided to buy packs for The Heart of Midlothian, The Granite City and The Royal Highlander trains, but don't know where to start looking to find train formations for these. The Granite City and The Heart of Midlothian seem to have run through much of the 50s and 60s, and The Royal Highlander from 1957 to late 60s bearing this style of roof boards and coach destination boards. Any suggestions of where I might look for this information (or if you have it to hand!) would be appreciated. Thanks, Mike