Fareport Wharf in 'OO' gauge

Gauge: 'OO' | Period: 1960s | Region: Southern | Operating team: Fareham and District Model Railway Club

Fareport Wharf in OO gauge.

Ever since the railways reached the south coast they have been instrumental in the export and import of goods. Somewhere along the south coast of England, Fareport Wharf was created. The proximity to the continent enabled a variety of ships to regularly use the port.

Fareport Wharf Authority took over the management of the port which is now used by both commercial and leisure boats. We are now in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Steam is still prevalent, but one of the new shunters from Southampton Docks is on a trial. Goods traffic is varied with a daily fish train running to London, the occasional military train and a variety of other goods also catered for. The sandbanks off the shore from Fareport mean that a pilot is needed for ships entering and leaving the port and the pilots have a small office next to the customs house and a boat tied up at the end of the quay.

There is a constant shuttle of trains to and from the main line, with the need for the shunting of wagons to reform returning services.

Fareport Wharf is essentially two layouts in one. Incorporated in the cluster of points and sidings is a small shunting puzzle, operated separately and from the front. Operators will engage with the public, asking them to choose pictures of the next set of wagons to be shunted in the puzzle and occasionally letting them have a short go at solving the puzzle.

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