This GWR (pre-WW2) layout is a work in progress and much further progress has been made since the photos have been taken including adding the goods shed. It is finescale 00 and the track is C&L with handmade points operated by Tortoise point motors. The station is ‘Kingsferry’, and was originally going to be based on Kingsbridge in Devon, but somehow it became fictional, with a gentle ‘nod’ to that real life terminus.
An overall view of the station throat showing the benefits of handbuilt track, and the way the track bed flows through the landscape. To borrow a phrase from EMGS (and remember this is 00) – achievable excellence!
The signal box with a full interior is a Bachmann Special produced for Kernow Models, modified and repainted, as is the water crane.
Escape to the allotment with cold frames, shed and Austin 7, and the station piggery.
Some views of the beautifully lit station. The station building has been cobbled together from two of the superb Ratio kits based on Castle Cary with much modification. The engine shed is scratchbuilt from Wills Sheets.
And some nicely weathered trains – still unusual for a pre-nationalisation layout. Most of the coaches are Comet, other rolling stock and wagons are Mallard Models, D & S Models, Slaters and others, mostly found on Ebay and much modified and detailed, as well as Parkside Dundas, Coopercraft and even Hornby and Bachmann ready to run. Locos are Bachmann or Hornby, detailed and weathered.
No doubt that the pride of the fleet is a rare Mallard Models double slip!
Goods facilities have not been forgotten and there is a bustling goods yard, though not so busy that grass can’t grow along the sidings:
The plywood visible in one of the photos will be the site of some railway cottages.