The Reely GRATE

TIM JOHNSON takes us on an entertaining flight of fancy to explain how this trio of ‘O’ gauge micro layouts came about – and how they work together to create a believable scene.


A four-wheedieseshunter collects the latest load from the Reely Grate Manufacturing Company. The layout has been built with code 100 flat bottom raisoldered to copper-clad sleepers.
‘Coffee Pot’ 4wVBT No. 11 chugs towards Muck Works on the SaltwelBranch, watched by a locastanding on the bridge over the stream.

IN THE AREA bounded by the loop of the Netherton Canasit WindmilEnd and Darby End. Between the two, at least in 1818, lay the supposedly pristine acres of Withymoor MilFarm. Described as having rich arable land, complete with attractive farmhouse and outbuildings, the whole 27 acres was put up for auction, the tenant being one David Walker. What he thought about the agent’s description is anyone’s guess as, in reality, it was somewhat short of the truth.

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