We currently have layouts at the Club in, N gauge, 0 gauge Dc/Dcc, 00 gauge Dc/Dcc and gauge Dc/Dcc and G scale, fixed and portable for exhibitions.
The old club “Glasgow” 00 gauge layout has been remodelled into a 9ft x 18ft layout renamed “Cutler’s Junction” after the farm where we are situated. The layout is currently in its second incarnation being a double dogbone type layout. This allows members to run long trains over track that is about 142ft from start to finish. As no stock is held at the Club, the original large fiddle yard has been removed and a small five road storage road added to one end, for the busy times!.
Also, linked to Cutler’s Junction is “The Quarry” a 10.1/2ft by 5.1/2ft extension (a layout in its own right) which has been kindly donated by one of our members. Both Cutlers and the Quarry layouts can run separately or together in either DC or DCC.
Another 00 gauge layout is ‘Church Green East’. A portable 7ft terminus layout with yard, kindly donated by the family of one of our former members.
The 0 gauge is a based on a fictitious preserved branch line ‘Blackheath’, this runs down the full length and to one side of the clubroom, allowing members to run any period of locomotive and stock.
N gauge modellers are not forgotten as there is currently under construction a model of Chippenham Junction station which is hoped to be available for exhibition use.
A second N gauge layout (a small portable twin loop layout) ‘Bodmin’ is also under construction by members at the Club.
For those who like the larger scale there is also a G scale line which when completed will give a running length of over 130ft.
Members layouts under construction at the Club include 00 gauge ‘West Works’ (being built by Martin Morris). This layout was inspired by images of the old Huntley and Palmers biscuit factory in Reading. A portable layout, which can be operated in DC or DCC it depicts part of the railway yard of another biscuit company ‘Dunkin & Dippin’ (Biscuits) Ltd. It will include many industrial buildings and plenty of shunting! It has been designed to be operable in various configurations from 3ft to 7ft in length.
Other possible portable layouts in the future may include, an O gauge shunting layout, a Gn15 narrow gauge layout and a USA switching layout.