This is Stafford Railway Circle’s impressive multi-level privatisation era 4mm fine scale layout. See it at the 2022 Great Electric Train Show on October 8/9.
Gauge: ‘OO’ | Period: 1995-2005| Region: Midland Region | Operating team: Stafford Railway Circle
Stafford Railway Circle’s 4mm fine scale, ‘OO’ gauge, DCC exhibition layout is set in a fictitious North Midlands valley where the London North Western Railway main line running from Birmingham to Derby cuts across the imagined Great Central Railway line running west from Nottingham. A link between the two is found across the back of the scenic section.
There are four track levels, the highest being the main line circuit running through the station. The end to end lower level runs downhill – left to right when viewing – with the right hand fiddle yard being the lowest of all. The layout is designed for either level to be operated separately.
The visible track and point work is all hand built using C&L and Exactoscale products with Cobalt and Tortoise point motors. The signals are colour light on the highest level and a mixture on the lower through line. The 16 road main storage yard usually creates a great deal of interest and can accommodate many full length trains comfortably. The extended storage yard is not being exhibited at present. Appropriate stock is provided by club members. This stock is usually from the period 1995–2005, the early privatisation years.
The Great Electric Train Show is the first exhibition for Whiteacres since early 2020. It was planned to have a 12 month break then for extensive rewiring and further scenic work to be completed. Covid spoilt our plans but all the important work intended has been completed in time for this exhibition.