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Features: Dubmill Sidings, BR (LMR), 1968-1971

Published 25 September 2018, 16:40

This 7mm scale ‘O’ gauge layout depicts a fictional non-passenger part of the railway system somewhere in the North Western corner of Cumbria. The chosen era is 1967 to 1970 – green and blue diesels, grey, brown, blue and white freight stock and maroon and corporate blue parcels stock – all very colourful.

It has two independent storage yards located at one end of the layout and we use one as the ‘main line’ and the other as ‘the branch’. Trains are worked into the sidings and are either dispatched down the branch or staged into one of the storage siding available. Parcels and van trains also work into the goods depot for loading and unloading. A small stabling point and maintenance shed are provided. Operation is by two or three people to ensure that there will be something running at all times.

Plain track is C&L ready to lay flexi track with point formations being built in situ using components from the same source. Visible track is ballasted using Green Scene 4mm ash ballast. Point control is via panel mounted switches with Cobalt motors. Gaugemaster Prodigy wireless DCC controllers are used; with a layout of this length you cannot be tethered to a single point. In this instance DCC is used in its simplest form to drive the trains, but we are introducing more sound locomotives as time goes by. We have just completed a remodelling of the scenic area in front of the storage yard, hope you enjoy it.

Dubmill Sidings featured in HM78.

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