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OO/HO (4mm/3.5mm scale 16.5mm gauge)
Somerton Bridge wasn’t originally designed as an exhibition layout, but as a club layout where members could operate their locos and run reasonable length trains behind them. Most of our club members do not have permanently set-up layouts of their own and wanted somewhere to ‘play’ trains or run-in their new locos.
Limited storage, meant we needed a layout that would take up minimal space, but provide a good sized running track. The model should assemble/dis-assemble very quickly and easily, be sturdy in construction, and yet lightweight enough for people to handle.
We have a diverse interest at the club, with members modelling various time periods and continents. We therefore wanted our models to run through scenery that doesn't define a particular era or a specific part of the world. Buildings can define these criteria very easily, so it was decided to model a country setting.
The rear of the layout holds ladder sidings on both up and down tracks allowing us to make up a selection of trains ready for continuous 'trackside action'.
Notes for Exhibition Managers:
Size: 24ft x 8ft. Operators stand inside the layout. Layout viewable on three sides.
Expenses: Petrol for 2 cars (one with a trailer)
Other requirements: Two small tables (2ft square, or similar) for stock.