The layout was originally built for BRM to show that a model railway is within the capabilities of anyone who has carried out DIY and those with skills at the beginners stage. All items were bought off the shelf from the local model shop and builders merchants. Some buildings are made from simple card kits that are pre-cut and very easily assembled.
Woodwork for the base boards is simple and has no complicated joints. Some builders merchants will part cut some of the plywood. Electrics are simple and sturdy requiring little soldering. Rolling stock is all ready to run. A series of articles regarding it's construction appeared in the magazine British Railway Modelling (Jan-Apr 2010 issues).It appeared at the BRM sponsored exhibitions in Doncaster, London and Peterborough in 2010 and 2011 and is still a popular layout available for exhibition.
The layout is based on the Southern Region of BR in the 1950/60s and operates with Steam,diesel and EMU's. It is a small terminus to a fiddle yard layout. The layout is approximately 20'x 2' in size plus an operating area and requires 3-4 operators to run and 2 cars to transport. One 5 amp power supply via an RCD is required to run the layout.
by Tony Wright from British Railway Modelling