by Roger Marler
|This is a Canadian operational diorama that depicts Southern England circa 1960 in 4mm/00 scale (1:76). It is reflective of the Kent/Sussex countryside shortly after closure of many rural lines as a result of the Beeching Report. There is a twinned passenger line, and a single goods line serving a goods yard at one end and a village scene at the other.|
|The station end of the layout whilst set up at an exhibition on
one of Calgary's Heritage Park Railway Days.
The layout is in the Roundhouse, it is about 5pm, and the early evening sun
has caught the track outline wonderfully. The shot is from the end of
"Board Nº1" which shows the goods yard, the single line running
away from it up the incline, the passenger station area and the cross over line
between the two.
|The passenger line is still owned by British Railways but it has
a lot of Southern influences left over from the Grouping era. We run steam
locomotives usually with 3 carriages, of either Southern Railways or from
visiting independent lines, between two reversible cassettes, one cleverly
hidden within the tunnel under the village scene, the other open to general
view at the end of Platforms 1 & 2 of the main station.
The goods line is privately owned and depicts a railway scene undergoing early stages of preservation. The rolling stock here consists of shunting steam or diesel locomotives and some very old wagons. The purpose of the line is to serve the cottage industries in the village scene at the far end of the line.
|Close-up view of the platforms area and the goods line, with a Terrier, Nº83 Earlswood, doing some shunting. Hope there won't be any sparks flying in the direction of the timber yard!|
|The goods yard has 4 shunting lines:
- 2 lines run into the engine shed
- 2 lines run into an open handling area
There is a 5th line which runs into Platform 3 at the main station. This line serves as a cross over to the passenger line. Because the two lines are owned and operated by two separate companies, special permission is required to run any train from one line onto the other.
Power for the entire diorama is 12 volt DC and is managed by 3 operators:
The buildings in the village scene are from Metcalfe or Hornby Skaledale
ranges; all other buildings are scratch built, kit bashed, or card mock-ups
awaiting scratch built replacements.
It is our intention to eventually extend the layout so that it forms a continuous operational loop and so that we can run without having to use cassettes.
|Closer view of the village area. Note the scaffolding against the end of the cottages in the middle.|
|The privately owned goods yard with evidence of early preservation moves - witness the tarpaulined vehicle.|
|Known as "Davesend on Ouse", this is the town scene at night.|
|Another view of the Wildwood Goods Yard.|
|This scene is modelled on the Bluebell's lineside hut fire of Autumn 2009, as per Bluebell News.|
|Another of the Goods Yard with a grounded Bulleid tender much in evidence.|
|Here is a 1920/30s Morgan Aero that forms part of a 3 wheeler meet at the Tudor pub.|
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This page was last updated 18 May 2011
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