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The Layouts that attended in 2018

From The Yorkshire Group

Mount Dowd and Dixon Green and Saed-y-Parc

The new working mine section on DG




Thirty years or more ago a 16mm layout was built in the engine shed of the West Lancashire Light Railway. It was called the Middleforth Light Railway and was operated on gala days and other special events, and went on tour to local shows. Over the years however, the layout gradually faded away, until only the nameboard remained.

Fortunately it was not forgotten, and when in 2014 another old layout was discovered in a preserved goods van, a scheme was hatched to use it as a basis for a new Middleforth. The baseboards were rather too heavy for easy transport, so the Tenmille track was removed for re-use on new lightweight plywood boards. It was decided to use an end-to-end design, with manually-operated turntables to rotate the stock at each end. These are based on industrial-strength Lazy-Susan units a foot in diameter. The track ends on each turntable are supported on friction pads, which slide on two circular rails. The buildings are kits supplied by Pendle Valley Workshop.

Middleforth is based on a fictional narrow-gauge railway that once formed part of an extensive network in and around the (real) Kent coalfield. With the closure of the four collieries the line found itself orphaned, but it still just about survives as a mainly tourist railway. The layout models two of the main features of the line, Middleforth village itself and its sole industry, Scrapper Sids railway repair and recycling yard. The scenery is inspired by the southern end of the Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Railway


Walesby : East Midlands G Scale Society





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