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For my 7th layout I have been planning for some time to do a compact O gauge to run some of the GWR rolling stock I have collected to run on Wexford MRC's "Little Siddington".


Previously I have done GWR OO "Shunters Yard", BR/GWR "Llangollen", "Cynwyd" and "Llanuwchllyn" all in N and more recently OO "Diesel Depot" (my first OO Irish layout "Ballybeg" is now over 10 years old!) - all are still on the exhibition circuit.


This compact O gauge is to be jokingly titled "Buffers Lock" but hopefully that won't occur on the model itself! The plan is that the layout and stock would fit 1-2 cars obviating the need to hire vans etc for transport to exhibitions. The dimensions will be roughly 13.5 feet by 2.5 feet including the fiddle yard all breaking down into three sections. The baseboards will be made using techniques developed for "Little Siddington" and used for "Diesel Depot" and the O gauge BR TMD currently under development by Wexford MRC members. More details will be revealed as I ramble through this project over the next few months.

To kick off and to help determine the size of the baseboards, I am assembling some of the buildings that I have selected to populate the layout. Firstly the station building I am using is a model of the GWR Camerton Station Building produced by Timber Tracks. This is a laser cut timber product which is very well presented. Each section of the kit is separately bagged making identification of the different bits easy. The instructions are clear and a fast setting timber glue supplied by TT helps the project advance quickly. I have assembled the main structure and am starting to add some detail. The interiour is beautifully detailed including flush toilets and even a desk for the ticket office. I plan to make the roof detachable so I can show the interiour to exhibition visitors. A couple of pictures:




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4 hours ago, irishmail said:

Looking good Gerry.  :)


Regards, John


Thanks John. Early days yet but I have good experience building "Little Siddington" Wexford MRC's O gauge GWR layout and am currently helping a pal develop an O gauge UK TMD layout (https://irishrailwaymodeller.com/topic/7992-br-o-gauge-diesel-depot/).

Regards, Gerry

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On 03/06/2020 at 12:19, gismorail said:

A very impressive start those buildings do look good and from the photo's all appear very strong in construction look forward to seeing this layout develop 


Thanks gismorail. Yes they are very strong once assembled and using the quick setting glue recommended by Timber Tracks. Incidentally, this company has ceased manufacturing and is selling off all stock.

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