Northbridge - railway preservation in 'OO' gauge

Gauge: 'OO' | Period: Present day | Region: Western | Operating team: Warley Model Railway Club

Northbridge by Warley Model Railway Club.

Northbridge is a fictitious heritage railway loosely based on the Severn Valley Railway Bridgnorth station. The layout was started in 2015 and was first shown at the 2018 Warley National Model Railway Show. It is modelled in 'OO' gauge.

Northbridge station is situated in the Dalton Valley somewhere in the English/Welsh boarders at the end of a double track heritage line. The station has excellent locomotive facilities that allows motive power to be turned on a turntable and serviced for the next duty. The engine shed and surrounding hard standing is used to service both steam and diesel locomotives. The old cattle dock and goods shed have been kept as well as a short branch line.

Dalton Valley is named in memory of one of the group’s founders, John Dalton, that sadly passed away during the layouts construction.

Being a heritage line allows the group the freedom to run a selection of locomotives and stock including locomotives that have not been preserved. The layout is DCC controlled and most locomotives have sound chips fitted.

Signaling is currently being improved by a combination of 3D printing and brass parts - the aim being to have working signals that ‘plug’ into the layout when at exhibitions but can be removed for safe storage and transport. The engine shed doors were built from 3D printed parts designed by one of the group and have been made to operate by a small motor and lead screw fitted to each door.

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