Our Layouts – over 4mm scale

Featured here: “Knights Yard” (1:16) and “Longstone” (Gn15). More to be added.

By Bill Knight

Bill would say that much of his modelling over the years has been on a trial and error basis, but after much experimentation he was encouraged by a Club member to try his hand at large scale narrow gauge, so he chose 1:16, running on “0” gauge track. He built a growing collection of small industrial type wagons with chassis made entirely of cardboard, and bodies made from a mixture of cardboard and strip wood. Eventually he built from the same materials his first locomotive after a he was handed a mechanism to use. These items and several more weird and wonderful locos now operate the “Nuttery Vale Light Railway”, which are to be seen on “Knights Yard”.

Loco No. 3 at the fuelling point and No. 2 on the middle siding in the yard.

The locomotives are all home made and run by batteries, one is an adapted toy, and are manually operated up and down the tracks of this shunting layout. It is the headquarters of a narrow gauge railway serving a nearby nursery which always seems short of money. It is a large scale model in a very small space. The scenic section is just under 3ft long with a further head shunt/fiddle yard of 18″.

A view of the scenic section. Bill also displays a side table showing the materials and methods of construction.

There are seven sources of traffic at Knights Yard, the rear siding serves a workshop, water tank and store, the middle siding serves a packing shed, and the front siding serves a loading platform, locomotive fuelling point and the kick-back siding complete with chain hoist, is used for permanent way materials etc.

This view shows the packing shed and displays the attention to detail in a slightly run-down yard. Card, strip wood, second hand plastic track are the main materials here, the baseboard is made from wooden venetian blind slats and foam board.


By Graham & Caroline Watling

This 1:24, 15″ gauge layout (or popularly Gn15) was built after a long time modelling in 009 scale. The scenic area is 5ft 5″ by 3ft 3″ and displayed end-on showing three scenes, a mill, a village scene and a moorland scene. There is a fiddle yard at one end where ordinary Peco 00 track is used, but in the scenic area Peco 0-16.5 Streamline is utilised. The points are powered by Tortoise slow action turnout machines. The buildings are scratch built based around a foam board shell with Slater’s 0 gauge Dressed Stone as a cladding, and card tiles on the roofs. Some of the buildings have York Modelmaking laser cut window frames. The rocks were made of a mix of sawdust, p.v.a, acrylic paint and lightweight filler, and much use was made of floristry materials from a garden centre for the foliage. The locos are all Smallbrook Studio kits, the wagons are by Sidelines and Smallbrook, and the coaches scratch built and Smallbrook.

“Triton” shunting in the Mill yard.
“Delta” runs through the Longstone village and slows for the station platform.
“Proteus” crosses a small stream on the bridge at Fox Gill.
“Proteus” leaves the mill en-route through the (central) back scene to the station.