Gauge: ‘EM’ | Period: 1930s | Region: Eastern | Operating team: Abingdon and District MRC
East Dock is a 4mm scale, ‘EM’ gauge layout built by long time ADMRC member Alan Goode. The whole model from the baseboards to the delightful little locomotives and rolling stock were designed and built with the thoughtful precision that Alan exuded in everything he did and it is a privilege to be able to exhibit East Dock in his memory.
The layout is set in the period circa 1936 and represents one corner of a much larger dock complex somewhere in the Goole/Selby area of Yorkshire. Both the LMS and the LNER operated there, using tracks or running powers inherited from their pre-grouping predecessors. The locomotives are mostly kit built, with their chassis modified to incorporate compensation to improve both running and electrical pick-up. The other rolling stock is mostly kit built and is biased towards the specialist dock traffic. Most of the buildings are of plasticard embossed stone or brick on a balsa-wood or foam board core. They include the original stone buildings and perimeter wall constructed by the dock company, and the scene is set by scratch-built ‘dirty British coaster’ in the dock.