Gauge: ‘OO’ | Period: 1960s | Region: Midland Region | Operating team: Redditch MRC
Oakenshaw is a fictitious West Yorkshire mill town set in the 1960s located somewhere near to the real town of Keighley. Like so many of the Yorkshire mill towns, the layout portrays a town in a valley centered around a river crossing.
Regional boundary changes in 1957 brought this former Midland Railway station into the short-lived North Eastern Region of British Railways. The station is very much based on Midland Railway practice and the scale is 4mm using ‘OO’ gauge fine scale code 75 track.
All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plasticard to replicate stone or brick finishes. The structures have then been painted and weathered to represent the prototypes from the area. The storage yard features sixteen roads and can hold 24 separate trains. All the buildings on the layout are scratch built, mainly using thick card for the basic structure. These were covered with plasticard to represent stone or brick finishes. Trains will be made up of correctly trains for the era and location that are hauled by a mixture of steam and diesel locomotives.