St Judes - a Southern branch in OO gauge

Starting from a small Southern Region layout, CHRIS BONE explains how he developed and expanded his project to recreate the atmosphere of Devon and Cornwall’s railways in the 1950s and 1960s in ‘OO’ and ‘OO9’ gauges. Photography, Mike Wild.

St Judes
Above: Bulleid ‘West Country’ 34001 Exeter rumbles across the viaduct on the approach to St Judes Road’s signalbox with a three coach Bulleid set. The viaduct is a Wills kit.

In 2010 I DEMOLISHED a Southern Region layout that had ceased to satisfy. I spent the next 12 months in thought and decided to start again by building a small layout that would enable me to experiment with finer track standards, up to date scenery techniques and potentially Digital Command Control (DCC). This layout was the catalyst that has, seven years later, become St Judes – a four-part sectional layout with a West Country flavour named in remembrance of my late wife.


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