Fen Lane – East Anglia in transition

Thetford and District Model Railway Society is showcasing its attractive Fenland ‘OO’ gauge layout, Fen Lane, at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show.

Gauge: ‘OO’ | Period: 1950s-1960s | Region: Eastern Region | Operating team: Thetford and District MRS

Fen Lane is built and exhibited by Thetford and District Model Railway Society.
Fen Lane is built and exhibited by Thetford and District Model Railway Society. TDMRS.

Fen Lane is a freelance end to end, terminus to turntable fiddle yard layout built in ‘OO’ gauge and set loosely at the end of the 1950s looking forward into the 1960s.

Set ‘somewhere’ in the East Anglian Fenlands, the station is set beside a lazy fenland drain overlooked by wide-open skies.

Prototypically, stations of this nature in this period would have had very little traffic, mainly freight, some grain, domestic coal, sugar beet and the occasional short passenger service.

As is usual in this area, the station is set well apart from the village it purports to serve.  For the purposes of exhibition running and the entertainment of the viewer, the layout has a much more varied flow of traffic and an eclectic mix of motive power and rolling stock, all in an effort to keep things moving.