Gauge: ‘OO’ | Period: 2003-2017 | Region: West Coastway, Southern Region | Operating team: Simon Paley and friends
Collingwood is a fictitious layout heavily based on Fareham Station near Hampshire’s South Coast on the West Coastway line between Portsmouth and Southampton. Fareham is an important junction on the line, where the single line towards Botley, Hedge End and Eastleigh diverges from the main West Coastway line that continues around towards Southampton Central.
Collingwood closely resembles Fareham, but isn’t a faithful replication to provide additional interesting and operational features. The layout is ‘OO’ gauge with the time period set between the years 2003-2017, and is meant to portray an accurate model of the privatisation era.
The layouts centrepiece is a fully working signalling system controlled by a IECC style panel displayed above the layout via a Raspberry Pi and MERG CBUS modules. This demonstrates now the modern railway signalling systems work.
There are plenty of details and features to lookout for on the layout, including a working level crossing, fully detailed interiors and DCC sound fitted trains with working tail lamps as well as a host of small details.
Collingwood features in HM185 – on sale from September 1 2022.