COMMON OAK LANE

TIM LOWE set out to build a minimum space, minimum budget ‘OO’ gauge shunting layout – which has only acquired a name under new ownership.

Common Oak Lane can accommodate up to seven locomotives in just 4ft x 9in. Class 33/1 33112 Templecombe stands on the centre road as Network SouthEast liveried 33035 enters the yard.
PHOTOGRAPHY, MIKE WILD

A WHILE back I challenged myself to build something different – and on a budget of just £150. It would be something small, something portable, something functional, something visually appealing and above all something that had operational delight. First thoughts were towards an Inglenook Sidings shunting puzzle but this idea restricted me as while I owned a good collection of locomotives, I realised I would have to go and buy wagons which defeated the experiment of building something on a budget using just the materials around me. Then the idea instantly sprang to mind to hatch a plan for a diesel locomotive shunting puzzle as one thing I wasn’t short of was locomotives.

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