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Layout Name: MOD Chilton
Scale/Gauge: 4MM OO gauge 
Size: 8ft x 1ft (with extra board insertable if needed) 
Exhibition layout, or stay-at-home? Initially home but will be exhibitable 
Type: end-to end
Era/region/location: 1986-1991 Southern Region Wilts/Dorset border

 

Earlier this month I sold my lockdown project layout to start another one, lately I’ve been building a lot of VEA and ODA wagons and during my research I got the idea of building a small MOD exchange siding layout.

 

Three Scale Model Scenery laser cut baseboards were purchased and a lot of thinking went into the track plan. 

 

Its essentially three sidings with two entry/exits into the fiddle yard, trains will arrive off the BR spur and enter the reception sidings, an MOD loco will then take control and Marshall the stock where it is needed, Chilton has a lot of internal user wagons which can be seen in and about the exchange sidings painted in the smart MOD green. 

 

MOD Chilton is placed on the Wilts/Dorset border, the name being derived from Chilmark and Dinton, some people think its because i work for Chiltern!

 

Track work is small radius code 75 points and flexi track with DCC point control to be added for the point motors.

It is very much in its infancy and will progress over the winter. 

 

Some initial photos below.

Mark 

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Back to the layout and a Wills Industrial unit has started to appear. 

It’s being placed on the far left board and will dominate this board at the back of the layout. 

I’m quite happy with how it looks but I need some more panels to make it the full length I need, currently about 15cm too short. 
 

Also a MoD internal user VDA has arrived. 

Mark

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Slowly making progress, painted the track tonight and mocked up some gates to go against the back scene as if the sidings have been truncated. 

Rolling stock wise some cheapish eBay wins this week with a MOD 03 and MOD brakevan from the Bachmann miltary set appearing, the TTA and Shock Open being given a wide berth.  

Mark

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Hi all 

 

Slowly making progress with the layout, unfortunately not as quick as I’d like thanks to me buying the wrong parts to extend the shed! 
 

Whilst I’ve been waiting for the shed bits to arrive I’ve put some ballast down on the front siding using a light grey 2mm Greenscene bag, MOD railways used very light coloured ballast and usually very clean also. 
 

Next job I need to tackle is the Backscene, more than likely just plain sky with the exception of the left hand piece as you won’t see the bottom half of it once the low relief buildings are in place. 
 

Mark

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Hi all 

 

Building has finally been extended just need to sort the sagging roof out somehow. 
 

Whilst I’m not going to say too much about it yet, a Custom @JSModels low relief building has been ordered from Jonathan, it won’t be making an appearance until the spring but will look very good for the Backscene and help set the scene. 
 

Also set up a couple of cameos with my new internal MOD rolling stock. 

 

Mark

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Only a small update, the shed has had its roof reinforced to stop it from sagging, extra windows added in the extension as it looked odd without it, guttering and Downpipes added.

 

Ballasting is done on this board, just the infill between the tracks being done currently. 

 

Really must get the Backscene done! 

 

Mark 

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Not a great deal happened on the layout apart from some undergrowth around the shed, concrete hand standing for the shed and some polystyrene land form being placed. 

An order from Rails of some point motors and a DCC Concepts accessory decoder is on back order so until I’ve got those and got the points set up I don’t want to progress much further with ballasting in case of any issues. 

Mark 

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It’s all been a bit quiet recently, all the points are finally installed, wired and point motors working correctly.

Now for the part which will progress the layout quite a bit, my custom @JSModels low relief MOD building based on D8 storage hangar at Graven Hill at Bicester MOD has now been cut and will be with me in the next week or so.

To have this ready to pop on the Backscene I need to ready the concrete handstanding for it to sit on, which I’ve started today.

 

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