For many years, the N gauge group of LWMRS exhibited Meacham, an award winning, 24 feet long layout based on an imaginary location in the Midlands. The group are now building a new layout based upon a local prototype, the now closed station in the village of Kineton on the Stratford Upon Avon to Towcester line of the Stratford and Midland Junction Railway (SMJ).
Prior to the start of construction, extensive research was conducted using not only traditional archive sources but also the knowledge present in the local community. The group set some challenging objectives: all track is hand built to fine scale standards, the layout is DCC controlled and MERG CBUS is used to control points and to provide detection and indication; prototypical point rodding is to be represented and all buildings are constructed from photographs of the period.
Three baseboards represent the full length of the station, the approach from Stratford and departure to Fenny Compton. At each end, there is a cassette fiddle yard, allowing complete trains to be held prior to despatch through the layout.
The layout’s development was detailed in a series of articles in the BRM Magazine and has already been exhibited in its developing form at our own show and Warley.
The finescale group’s previous layout, Walford Town, was EM gauge. Several of the group were already P4 modellers, so we decided the new layout would be to P4 (4mm/ft) standards.
Walford had been a diesel layout set in what was at the start the contemporary mid to late ‘80s scene set on the ex Great Eastern in London.