Our Layouts – up to 4mm scale

(Featuring “Shipmeadow” (009), “Ashfield Green” (009), “Bird’s Folly (009), “Priory Waterworks” (009), ….more to be added

By Richard Doe

The is Richard’s first layout in 009 scale when Peco announced their 009 Setrack. The (fictitious) layout is set in wartime in the Waveney Valley south of the river. The railway was financed by local printers W.H.Clowes with a few other businessmen and narrow gauge was decided to keep costs down. “Shipmeadow” is a small rural station and is situated about half way along the seven-mile line. The layout measures 49″ x 20″ including a rear fiddle yard, the track uses 009 “mainline” turnouts powered by Peco point motors and analogue control is using a Gaugemaster hand-held unit. The higher ground was made with polystyrene sheet and covered with filler and brown powder paint, and a variety of scenic materials have been used. A basic passenger shelter is a Hornby Bus Shelter with added wartime advertising signs. As a newcomer to 009 a variety of ready-to-run, kits, 3d prints and second-hand items have been used all painted/repainted in “Beccles & Bungay Railway” livery. A special moment was receiving the Reinier Hendriksen award at Expo Narrow Gauge in 2018.

B&BR No.2 a Narrow Planet Bagnall side tank with repainted L&B van.
The left-hand end of the layout with B&BR No.11, a Narrow Planet Penryhn Hunslet and mixed train.
B&BR No.12 a Bachmann Baldwin with added canvas roof frame hanging on the water pipe.
B&BR Hunslet No.11 passing the goods siding at the right hand end of the layout.
The Bagnall side tank passing rail car No25, a 3d print by Model Engine Works. A picture of the actual workhouse nearby has been added to the back scene.

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By Chris Seago

Ashfield Green was built for the Group’s 2015 Challenge, which was to build a narrow gauge layout with a scenic area of just two square foot, the equivalent to 288 sq. inches. The total layout length is 4ft 5″ x 9″ wide. The baseboard was built from MDF and has a simple single track sector plate off-scene. The track layout cleverly contains a passenger terminus, loco facilities, a carriage shed, small goods yard for freight and a siding extending to the local corn and seed merchants. The rural terminus is inspired by the North Suffolk countryside. The corn merchants building is built with card walls covered in Howard Scenics brick paper the roof is Wills plain tiles. The railway cottage is built with a Hornby “Clarabelle” carriage with a Wills sheet and batten roof. The station building is a modified Heljan kit and the engine shed and carriage shed are made with Wills and Evergreen sheets. The locos that are run are tram locomotives mainly white metal kits based on Kato 11-103 “N” gauge chassis, the coaches are Dundas kits and goods stock by Dundas or 009 Society flat wagon chassis with scratch built fittings and loads.

“Lark”, a modified Chivers Kerr Stuart Skylark shunts a goods train.
A railcar built using Dundas coach sides and matching guards van at the platform.
“Glem” before it received it’s names plates at the engine shed.
A vari-kit shunts vans to the corn and seed merchants building across the road from the station area.
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A view of the whole scenic section, fiddle yard on right.

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By Stewart Green

Just to the east of Halesworth was once a Southwold Railway engine shed near Bird’s Folly, it was made quite flimsily with wood and asbestos and usually the Manning Wardle No.4 “Wenhaston” was stored there. This layout is just under 5ft x 3ft and features the engine shed (made from plastic sheet), the gravel pit, Bridge No.2 and an image of Folly House nearby. There are SR locomotives made from Golden Arrow kits of No.4 “Wenhaston” running on a Minitrix 2-6-2, Sharp Stewart No.2 “Halesworth” and No.1 “Southwold” these run on MicroAce 2-4-0 chassis. Due to the layouts small size, usually one coach is run with a selection of wagons and vans of wagons and vans including of course six-wheeled Cleminson vehicles.

Sharp Stewart No.2 “Halesworth” passing the engine shed.
No.2 again with goods train crossing bridge No.2.
No.1 “Southwold” with a mixed train.

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By Chris Seago

The layout depicts a busy corner of a Victorian waterworks where the railway serves the pumping engines, workshops and water treatment works. The beam engines can be seen working in the engine house and there are coal fires in the boiler house. It was originally built for the Expo Narrow Gauge 2016 Challenge – to build a working layout using just one point and three lengths of track in an area of 50cm x 25cm. It is operated as a “shunting puzzle” with stock selected by cards.

Stock is moved into the siding by a modified vari-kit tram loco.
Kerr Stuart “Lark” is seen in front of the engine house.

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