Apart from blasting up the Far North in the Mini, you may well have wondered why my blog has been quiet of late. The reason is above: my secret project! N gauge British outline. It’s a new layout based on the West Midlands and very much a work in progress. There’s no scenery, back drops, scenic dividers or anything at this time, but I could not resist the chance to take it out for a road test at the recent Inverness & District MRC exhibition, where it was photographed in one of those halls with horrible sodium lighting.
Another view taken at the show, looking from the fiddle yard end. The layout is 100 inches long, designed (obviously) to be portable and with scenes on both sides as if it is a peninsula of a larger scheme. It can be extended too. It replaces my aborted EM gauge Dudley Heath Yard which, whilst fun to operate, did not offer the scope in a small space I was looking for. Furthermore, with my EM gauge Top Deck layout (Folkestone East) progressing well, I had no further need of an EM gauge portable.
Much of the stock intended for the EM gauge Dudley Heath Yard layout is being disposed of on Ebay whilst I bolster stock lists for the new N gauge layout which will be called ‘Dudley Heath’!