Allerby - a 1980s 'O' gauge freight scene

Steve Thompson's superb 'O' gauge layout Allerby has joined the line up for Model World LIVE 2024. Find out more here and look out for a full feature in HM200 - on sale January 11 2024.

Gauge: ‘O’ | Period: 1985-1992 | Region: Midland | Operating team: Steve Thompson and family

Allerby in O gauge by Steve Thompson.

This family owned 7mm scale layout measures 40ft x 17ft. It depicts a fictional part of the railway system in Northern Cumbria with a chosen era of 1985 to 1992.

Arranged in a U format, it has two fiddle yards; a main one located to the rear of the layout and a smaller one hidden behind the scenic siding area at the front of the layout. They are connected by a double track main line plus a single-track branch. This branch leads to various industrial concerns that are rail linked and to other ‘off-stage’ parts of the network.

Trains on this 'O' gauge layout are worked from the back fiddle yard to the front fiddle yard or the scenic sidings where they are split for dispatch down the branch or shunted into the yard area. A small refuelling point is provided, which gives us the excuse of having plenty of light engine movements with locomotives provided from modified ready-to-run Dapol and Heljan products. The layout is designed to ensure there is always something running.

Baseboards are plywood, 9mm (tops) and 12mm (framework). All track and components are from C&L for the scenic area and Peco in the fiddle yards. Track is ballasted using Greenscene 4mm ballast. Point control is via panel mounted switches with DCC Concepts Cobalt point motors. Control is by a Digitrax DCC system with hand-held controllers by Digitrax (tethered) and TCS (WiFi).

All stock and scenery are weathered to provide a realistic exhibit for your enjoyment.

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