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For my 7th layout I have been planning for some time to do a compact O gauge to run some of the GWR rolling stock I have collected to run on Wexford MRC's "Little Siddington".

Previously I have done GWR OO "Shunters Yard", BR/GWR "Llangollen", "Cynwyd" and "Llanuwchllyn" all in N and more recently OO "Diesel Depot" (my first OO Irish layout "Ballybeg" is now over 10 years old!) - all are still on the exhibition circuit.

This compact O gauge is to be jokingly titled "Buffers Lock" but hopefully that won't occur on the model itself! The plan is that the layout and stock would fit 1-2 cars obviating the need to hire vans etc for transport to exhibitions. The dimensions will be roughly 13.5 feet by 2.5 feet including the fiddle yard all breaking down into three sections. The baseboards will be made using techniques developed for "Little Siddington" and used for "Diesel Depot" and the O gauge BR TMD currently under development by Wexford MRC members. More details will be revealed as I ramble through this project over the next few months.

To kick off and to help determine the size of the baseboards, I am assembling some of the buildings that I have selected to populate the layout. Firstly the station building I am using is a model of the GWR Camerton Station Building produced by Timber Tracks. This is a laser cut timber product which is very well presented. Each section of the kit is separately bagged making identification of the different bits easy. The instructions are clear and a fast setting timber glue supplied by TT helps the project advance quickly. I have assembled the main structure and am starting to add some detail. The interiour is beautifully detailed including flush toilets and even a desk for the ticket office. I plan to make the roof detachable so I can show the interiour to exhibition visitors. A couple of pictures:

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What sort of a kit is that? I presume laser cut wood? Looks very well.

Is the detail printed on or is it low-relief?

Presumably door frames can be painted in a suitable colour?

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19 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

What sort of a kit is that? I presume laser cut wood? Looks very well.

Is the detail printed on or is it low-relief?

Presumably door frames can be painted in a suitable colour?

Hi JHB, yes this is a laser wood product from timbertracks.co.uk - beautifully presented with section parts in separate bags and comprehensive instructions. They do a range of 4 mm and 7 mm products but are closing down and selling off their stocks at present. The detail is low- relief and the windows and doors need to be separately painted before fitting to the model.

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Many thanks, irishrailwayman. Just looked them up - very nice stuff, albeit perhaps a little pricey. Pity they're closing, all the same - might order one or two items.

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40 minutes ago, jhb171achill said:

Many thanks, irishrailwayman. Just looked them up - very nice stuff, albeit perhaps a little pricey. Pity they're closing, all the same - might order one or two items.

Pricey yes but the kit fits together really well and are very well thought out with exquisite detailing. They are also extremely strong when built and should transport well to exhibitions etc in suitable boxes. I also have their cattle dock and a Goods Depot for Buffers Lock so I will detail in time how these are building up on this forum over time.

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Good progress on assembling the cattle dock now ready for painting (OO model pictured for size comparison):

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Started work on a Timber Tracks Signal Box kit to adorn Buffers Lock! The kit is presented as well as the others described above with good instructions and well fitting parts each group of which are supplied in separate bags for ease of identification.

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