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.
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(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.
To celebrate our first anniversary we decided to hold an Open Day/Exhibition in Beccles. It was held at the St John Ambulance Hall in Blyburgate and we were honoured to recieve 231 visitors, which exceeded our expectations. Thank you to everybody who came, and those who helped and participated.
Taking photographs at an exhibition is not ideal, but here are some images of the main layouts on display.
More photos of the completed "Ashfield Green" superbly built by C. Seago. The design, based on an "O" scale plan was adapted in 009 scale for the "2 Square Foot" layout competition. It depicts one end of a rural station with many features, and it can be used as an exhibition layout in it's own right.
"Hawkins Tower" is a 009 scale layout 27.5inches x 14inches with a backscene of 13inches high. The base board was built and the track laid many years ago, but the scenery didn't get started, so it was handed to another member to finish off.
It features a lake in an old Victorian park where the locals and visitors go at weekends. There is also a folly in the form of an old tower named "Hawkins Tower". The old narrow gauge railway has been partly restored and it gives visitors rides around the park. Refreshments are available at the tea and cake stall.
The layout can be operated manually, or using an automatic "station stop" module,
Shipmeadow, a small rural station on the Beccles & Bungay Railway in the early 1940's as modelled by R. Doe. The station is at a low level, and up above on the hill is the old workhouse. The halt serves the local hamlets of Shipmeadow and Mettingham. Financed by local business men in the print trade, the railway transported woad and linseed for the production of ink at the factory in Barsham a little further along the line. Finished products were shipped out, and also the local mills and farmers used the railway. The layout is about 6ft long x 2ft deep.
Built in the late nineteenth century the Rio Grande Southern Railrod was built to serve silver and gold mines in the San Juan mountains in Colorado, USA.
This H0n3 (3 foot gauge) line now hauls livestock, lumber, oil and agricultural produce, though the population has dropped and there are less passengers nowadays, hence you may see a "Galloping Goose" on occasions. The layout is powered by DCC with sound.
A Victorian waterworks site modelled by Chris Seago in 009 scale.
To follow on from the article on the Events page, here are some more images of our 2016 Open Day Exhibition.