Navigators Model Railway Group
Established 2013 with more than 150 years experience!
Having been involved in a fine scale OO layout within the aforementioned club, I was inspired to attempt a privately owned exhibition layout with , arguably obsessive, attention to detail. As a 4 mm/ft modeller (eyesight too poor for 2 mm and not bad enough yet to require 7 mm) this inherently meant using one of the 18 mm gauges. For me, whilst P4 at 18.83mm is the ultimate, I wanted something just a little less absolute and a little more tolerant of variation. Thus I chose EM gauge at 18.2mm. This represents 4’ 7” compared with the 4’1” of OO gauge. The difference is dramatic.
Netherton Road is an archetypical might-
All track is hand-
The layout is 12’x2’ over 3 boards with a self-
Much work still needs to be undertaken. The latest work is in laying grass, bushes, trees etc. The hazards of cleaning out the static grass applicator without remembering to switch off the power were quickly appreciated. There are over 50 figures to be hand painted and much detailing work to be undertaken so the layout is unlikely to be ready for exhibiting before the beginning of 2015. My fellow navigators will derive much pleasure from the interesting operating pattern of the layout whilst running at exhibitions (I hate operating!!)
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Paul also spends some of his spare time volunteering as a signalman on the Mid-
...And ALL three signals operate (after the air was well beyond blue and once I’ve attached the servos to the operating wires). Operating the token apparatus (near the bridge) was, however, a step too far....
Next job is fixing the Station running in board and thereafter the back-
Amazingly, I have a WHOLE weekend at home.
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