|Brighton Road is the 'new' layout - started about seven years ago,
and making steady, if slow progress. The layout is based somewhere in inner London, at a
location yet to be finalised. It is, as usual, based on the LBSCR around the turn of the
The layout is on two levels, with fiddle yards at both ends. At a high level there is a viaduct, stretching the length of the layout. This is the main passenger line, with four running tracks, and a double junction centre stage, splitting the line onto two double track viaducts. Unusually, we have chosen not to model a complete station. Instead at the left hand side we have just the end of the station, so that trains coming off the fiddle yard appear from the station itself.
At the low level, we have the goods lines arriving from stage right, a small LBSC goods yard, and a larger marshalling yard, enabling us to bring in foreign stock, to be remarshalled for onward transit. There is also a short length of passenger tram line to the left, in the town scene, and a brewery off-stage right.
The trackplan is shown in a separate window.
So far we have completed the baseboards, and laid and wired all of the track. The track uses plywood sleepers, and a mixture of rivets and functional chairs. Most of the trackwork has been tested, so wok is progressing on adding the remaining cosmetic chairs and fishplates, and painting the rails. All the turnouts now operate (using "Tortoise motors").
The control panels are now functional, with a bit of work to be done on labelling etc.
We've done some work on scenery, and have finished the 'spectator' side of the viaduct. The goods shed is complete, and most of the goods yard is finished, except for detailing. Work has started on the buildings for the brewery and marshalling yard, plus some of the half-relief houses behind the viaduct.
A few pictures are attached, showing progress to date. We'll update these bit by bit as there's more to show.
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