Recalling happy childhood memories of holidays in the West Country, Martin Reynolds selected a fictional location in Somerset to relive summer Saturday traffic – and more. Photography: Mike Wild
WITHAM IS a fictitious ‘OO’ gauge Digital Command Control (DCC) layout set in Somerset in an early 1960s summer. It is based on memories of childhood holidays when we travelled from Paddington down to Paignton, initially behind steam locomotives and in later years behind some of the Western Region’s early diesel motive power. The layout’s name was decided by the use of placing a pin in a map of the West Country and intended as a pastiche of those memories rather than an accurate replica of a real location.