Knights Yard is the headquarters of a narrow gauge railway serving a nearby nursery. The layout is an attempt to build a large scale model in an extremely small space - 3 feet x 18 inches. It feature a workshop, water tank, store, loading platform, packing shed and refuelling point, all scratch built with card and household materials and using battery powered locomotives.
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A selection of photos taken of individual models of locomotives and rolling stock owned by Group members.
Stewart Greens 009 Southwold Railway layout of the area around the Halesworth engine shed, just east of the town, where the line turned away from the standard gauge and headed for the coast.
This layout was built for the 2016 ExpoNG Challenge and features a Cornish Tin Mine and sidings. The mine engine house building is a model of East Pool Whim, near Cambourne, modelled in card.
Stewart Greens small scale (Nn3) scenes of the major civil engineering structure on the Southwold Railway over the River Blyth and his pizza style Challenge layout portraying The Heronry.
After many years modelling in 009 scale, Graham has built a Gn15 scale project. Before embarking on a full exhibition layout, he built an operating diorama - a maintenance shed - with a tiny hidden fiddle yard and two sidings leading to the maintenance shed, this gave a good opportunity to get the feel of the much larger scale he was dealing with. The Heywood style 15" gauge line runs entirely within a country estate somewhere in the North Yorkshire Moors, and it's principal traffic is to and from the woollen mill, bringing in large raw wool sacks and supplies for the mill and taking out finished products after weaving. The line also transports visitors to nearby Longstone Hall and general goods, parcels, fruit and vegetables for the small village. The layout is 2.4m long by 1m wide and has three scenes using a central back scene, the wool mill, the village and a stream in a "gill" with moorland.
Stewart Greens first Southwold layout. He has modelled the whole of the end of the line from the Golf Course footbridge to Station Road including the allotments, station and coal yard, Station Hotel and home knit factory. The scenic area is twelve foot long running into a fiddle yard with sector plate.
Old Chapel Yard is Jim's second layout, here are some early photos. It features a maintenance shed, a small station building with canopy, and cottages rising on a hill behind. Trains are introduced from a small cassette fidle yard.
(Fiction): The Glenister Valley Railway was built on the track bed of a standard gauge line in Lincolnshire. The standard gauge was closed in 1958 and later that same year the Earl of Lincolnshire bought the track bed and reconstructed a 2ft 3" narrow gauge gauge line. Running for 19 miles to the small terminus of Glenister, the line is run using second hand stock from Britain and abroad, much of this stock still running in their original companies liveries until such time as new stock can be purchased.
The layout features the terminus, canal and timber yard as in the mid 1960's, and is 8 ft long x 21" wide using two boards.
At Beccles on March 7th 2015 were displayed the seven entries for the 2 square Foot Challenge. The visitors to the show were invited to vote for their particular favourite layout.