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Early in 2018 Wexford Model Railway Club started an ambitious project to develop a modular exhibition layout in O gauge. New techniques were deployed for building base-boards using Scandinavian 6mm birch-ply  hot-glued to the baseboard which are then strengthened with glass fibre/PVA. Advanced wiring and custom electronic control boards were used. Simple but robust trestles were developed which fold flat. A couple of photos for the record:

 

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By Easter 2018, the early stages of the project were in place and exhibited at the Wexford Exhibition:

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Since Easter, a small but active team at Wexford have kept up the work and the layout was shown at Crosshaven in August. Since then much progress has been made. The layout will be shown at the Dublin Exhibition at end-October as a work-in-progress. Come and see how far we have got!


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O Gauge and larger scales have  a great "presence" as exhibition layouts, the sheer mass and momentum of the models means you need to model very little outside of the railway fence, just tracks and trains. Multiple tracks and complex pointwork add to the main line atmosphere, somewhere on the Western Region judging by the buildings and structures.

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11 hours ago, Mayner said:

O Gauge and larger scales have  a great "presence" as exhibition layouts, the sheer mass and momentum of the models means you need to model very little outside of the railway fence, just tracks and trains. Multiple tracks and complex pointwork add to the main line atmosphere, somewhere on the Western Region judging by the buildings and structures.

Totally agree. The complex track-work on Little Siddington is based on the classic GWR/BR WR prototype stations between Bristol and South Wales. Obviously in time we will be adding more detail including working semaphoresDSCF2332.thumb.JPG.e364179e5d2c9381de2abc8ad204fadd.JPG and scenery. Showing the lay-out as a work-in-progress allows us to explain how we put the innovative base-boards/electronics together (before they get covered), road-test the layout as well as getting feedback from modellers and the public.

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Ah I see some Steamers on show!. All I I saw was a Solo Class 15 and a 37 bombing around. TBH it did not hold my interest too long.

However the layout should be some set up when it is complete. Some nice LNER pacific's Clattering down the P/way I hope at some stage would be sweet.

The Control Panel is some set up too.

 

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