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Readers Model Railway Layouts - Week 8

01 December 2011

  Model Railway Readers' Layouts - October 2011  
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This week's line-up of readers' layouts includes model railways from Sarah Jenkins and Rowan Pyatt.

Rowan Pyatt of Hampshire sent us a great photographs of his layout. He writes:

"This is my 00 gauge layout, it is set some time in the 50s. i am 16 years old and this is my first attempt at modeling. i have been working on this layout about a month now. The sky is Photoshoped in as i have not yet installed a back scene."

Rowan Pyatt model railway layout

Sarah Jenkins of Chester sent us several excellent photos of her layout 'Ffrwd Locks'. Sarah writes:

"This layout is based on fact. The GWR had a line from Wrexham, up the Moss Valley to the Ffrwd Ironworks (also served by the LNER). Ffrwd is a small village or hamlet North West of Wrexham, near Cefn-y-bedd. The area was very industrial, with coal mines, brick works, iron works and quarries."
"A canal (The Ellesmere Canal) was planned to run from a place on the River Mersey near Whitby, to near Shrewsbury on the River Severn. This canal was not built as planned, largely due to the inflation in the economy after the Napolionic wars causing construction costs to increase substantially. For the purpose of the model, it is assumed that the Ellesmere Canal was completed as planned, and the settlement at Ffrwd grew large enough to warrant a passenger service (the GWR lines in the Moss Valley only had a passenger service as far up as Moss Crossing.) The line from Wrexham (using the line of a former tramway) comes in under the LNER Mineral Railway bridge and the adjacent canal aqueduct into the station. The Coed Talon line leaves over the level crossing and heads Northwards. There is a branch to Ffrwd Ironworks (Freight only) which leaves alongside the line from Wrexham, but soon curves sharply to the "left" and climbs quite steeply to cross the canal on a swing bridge, and so into the works. There is a junction with the LNER branch here.  For the model, the level crossing and the aqueduct/LNER bridge are the "scenic breaks"."

Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout

"The current model has a board made from two pieces of plywood (about 6mm) on a softwood frame, with another piece of ply under the joint. The backscene boards are also plywood, as is the “box” which covers the model (A front and a lid.). All timber was recycled.  Cork has been stuck to the plywood (both Tiles and the Hornby Cork Roll.) The track has been laid using Gaugemaster Ballasted Underlay, and is all second hand Peco Streamline, with a mixture of live and “insulfrog” points. More ballast has been added using PVA glue, mainly between the underlay to fill in the gap. Most buildings are Ratio and Wills kits, most from the batch that I had acquired earlier. Most have some modifications, to make them a bit different. The station platform is softwood faced with Wills brick sheet, and surfaced with fine wet and dry (“Tarmac” areas) and Metcalfe paving slabs. The station building is on a “base” made from scribed 1mm plastic card. Fencing is Ratio Spear fencing. Name boards are by Coopercraft. The coal bunkers are built from separate sleepers, and were made some time ago. I think they may be SMP parts."

Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout

"The Aqueduct carrying the canal over the road and railway is made from “corn flake” packets, and is based on part of the Pontcysllte Aqueduct, at Trefor. Some of the scenery “groundworks” are “corn flake” packet card and more softwood strips. What little greenery has appeared so far is Lichen, and various scatters, and PVA glue. Rolling stock is mainly second hand, and the small collection from the first Ffrwd. There is a collection of coaches, including “B” sets and an Autocoach, and a selection of wagons. With a nearby large GWR shed at Croes Newydd (84J), motive power is mainly GWR, but with a J72 from the LNER (connection at Ffrwd Works with the LNER), and a 3f tank from the LMS (For model purposes, a joint GWR and LMS line runs from Ffrwd to Coed Talon, but at the moment is “out of use”." 

Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout Sarah jenkins FFrwd locks model railway layout

"The line to Coed Talon is "out of use" as there isn't enough room on the allocated board!) GWR locos include two Bachmann 45XX tanks, a Hornby 2721 Pannier tank, 57XX Pannier tanks by Hornby and Bachmann, a Mainline Dean Goods and Mainline Collet Goods 0-6-0 tender locos. The LMS 3f is the Hornby “Jinty”, and the LNER J72 is by Mainline. Most Locos and stock are or will be weathered and detailed."  

"The model is still under construction, progress is slowed at present by the overhaul of several Hornby Dublo and Tri-ang locos and stock, etc, for our “other” railway (Which has no board as yet!)."

Many thanks to Rowan and Sarah for sending in their words and photos. 

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