Searching for a new project, MARCUS LAMBERT decided to build a small ‘OO’ gauge layout set in a Traction Maintenance Depot in the colourful postprivatisation era.

Police liveried Class 47/8 47829 is examined in the shed as an EWS liveried Class 37 arrives at Talbot Lane TMD.

AFTER getting my loft layout Gowerton Parkway to a stage where it was almost complete (HM123), I wanted a fresh challenge. I had often toyed with the idea of building an exhibition layout but never knew quite where to begin as there were so many challenges.

The first was convincing myself that my modelling was now up to a standard that was good enough for people to pay to come and see.

Once I had overcome that barrier, then came the next raft of questions: how big should the layout be? How will I transport it? How do I make baseboards that can be taken apart? How do I build something that will keep me entertained for two days at a show? Will anyone even book the layout for shows? In July 2017 I decided it was time to bite the bullet and get something built.

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