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Whitchurch Town

Whitchurch Town was a station on the old Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway. The DNSR was absorbed into the Great Western Railway in 1921, and into British Railways in 1948. This 7mm layout has the track plan of the prototype in the early part of the 20th century. A range of stock enables us to run trains representative of this period, GWR (1930s), and BR (SR) periods.

The layout is operated in an end-to-end fashion, with a 'fiddle yards' at the north (Newbury) and south (Southampton) ends where trains are assembled on cassettes. Running is to a strict timetable, with twelve passenger and two goods trains per 'day' (actually, about 45 minutes under exhibition conditions), as on the prototype. Goods trains can be shunted in the yard whilst 'up' and 'down' passenger trains run through the station.

The model includes a 1/12th scale model of a Stephens & Co. lever frame. This has full mechanical interlocking, so that signals can only be operated when the correct route is set. In the goods yard, shunting is under the control of a small ground frame, which must be released by the main frame before it can be operated.

The aim is to reproduce, as far as possible, the 'look and feel' of running a country railway station in the days of steam.

 

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