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The club 00 scale layout is in the process of being rebuilt. The first sections were started in 1981 when the club met in temporary premises in a local school. At first it was a 16’ by 8’ run round layout, but since then it has grown and grown until now, at its longest, it is some 40 metres long. Now however, the first built sections are showing their age and the time has come to replace them with newer (lighter!) modules.

Running an analogue layout of this size requires at least three operators working in sections. Loops have been built into the ends to aid reversing and three evenly spaced stations (one at each end and one in the middle) provide the operating positions.

At one end, the station is surrounded by a town set-up with automatic trams and a fairground running, and at the other end there is a dock system. In the middle, near Griffin Road station, there is a small branch line that runs “in the background”, a coal mine with narrow gauge shuttles, and another tram system – all automatically controlled so that there is always something running.

What will the new, completed layout look like? Who knows…

Definitely work in progress!