|The full extent of the model can be seen
here being shown at the 2002 Heywood Model Railway Group Exhibition
|Looking down on the turntable and
Coaling Plant. Some of the the track plan can be seen in this view.
Again this view was taken before the
completion of the model and much of the scenery has yet to be
installed before it comes up to "Exhibition Standard"
|A view of the turntable with the diesel
tanks and re-fueling depot to be seen in the foreground.
|Dave has been a member of the Heywood
Model Railway Group for several years and decided to put his
collection of steam locomotives to use at home. The most suitable
thing seemed to be the construction of a model of Loco sheds around
the period of the late Fifties.
After a few months of continuous work on the model it was finally
got ready just in time for it's first exhibition at Holy Cross in
Bury (March 2002). Many favourable comments were made about the
model by both fellow exhibitors and vistors to the exhibition
resulting in Dave receiving more
bookings for this layout.
The original control panel has been re-built
following some extensions to the track work. Idealy now it needs
some of the old "Insulfrog" points replacing with "Electrofrog"
ones to aid the slow running.
After completion of this project it is planned to set up a Garden
Layout to which this MPD layout can be linked when the British
As mentioned above, some of the often used
points at the back of the model have now been replaced using the
electrofrog variety. At the same time the track has been leveled and
curves adjusted to remove a couple of over-tight bends.
This has made a great improvement to running on this part of the
Dave now plans to continue the exercise and replace some of those
on the front sections as well.
Webmaster comment:- A very commendable
first model by Dave who has produced a first class layout which
should see many more exhibition appearances in the future.
can be contacted on http:\\www.daveoldham.free-online.co.uk
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