|Date Commenced:||September 2011|
Farnby Is a fictional name for a small country station circa 1960’s. The project came about because a small group of club members had joined the ‘O’ Gauge Guild and had not worked in this scale before. It was therefore decided to create a small layout where any of the club membership who were interested, could experiment and venture into modelling in 7mm Scale.
The layout would be lightweight, easy to transport, and relatively small in order to minimise the budget.
Initially there would be three base boards, 1.5 meters x 0.6 meters each, constructed from 6mm ply sandwich framework, which could be easily constructed in the club ’Jig’. The three boards would also house a sector plate yard at one end.
It was later decided to construct a fourth board of the same dimensions resulting in three main scenic boards and one part sector plate/part scenic board. This is more logical as it lends to transportation in two blocks although it is small enough to box in each board and transport them. The legs are simple ‘H’ section with longitudinal cross braces attached by bolts and wing nuts to give stability when the layout is assembled.
An overall plan was formulated by the group. There will be a wayside country station with a low relief single story building mounted on a wooden structured platform, which would also include small service buildings and the usual platform furniture. A stone road over bridge at the end of the platform. A raised coal drop facility. A goods shed, a small engine shed, and possibly a cattle dock.
Track work will be Peco with some points built from kits. this will provide for a single branch line into the station with run round and shunting facilities to other parts of the layout, electrics are initially to be conventional DC, point motors being the old H & M type with added micro switches for polarity change over of live frog points. Rolling stock and short wheel base locomotives are being built by club members.Three operators will be required, one for main line passenger. one for goods, and one for fiddle yard control. A fourth operator will be required for relief at shows.
Construction is well under way as can be seen from the pictures. The bridge has been constructed from Forex plastic Board and overlaid with DAS modelling clay, the stonework being scribed in the surface while the clay is still pliable. The coal staithes were constructed the same way. Buffer stops are scratch built from lollipop sticks. The main platform is wooden planked and the station and platform buildings are scratch built from styrene sheet and section. The engine shed is scratch built from stirring sticks, and is complete with hinged doors. The roof shingles were cut individually from wood veneer. The water tower is completely scratch built from plastic parts removed from the scrap box. Scenery is being added and as is usual has many sources.
Further additions will be a goods feature complete with yard crane and a half relief cattle dock.
It is intended to have Farnby ready for the Cleveland Model Railway Club exhibition at Redcar & Cleveland College on the 3rd and 4th of August 2013.
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