Layouts: 'O' gauge

'O' gauge layout features

Kirtley Bank garden railway Feature Premium

Kirtley Bank

‘O’ gauge looks at best outdoors, and DON NEALE’S beautiful Settle and Carlisle inspired garden railway is still running almost 60 years after construction started. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Chelagasa

The lure of main line diesels in ‘O’ gauge drew CHRIS SPRING to build a combined indoor and outdoor layout. Here he reveals the story behind its construction and explains how it works. Photography, Mike Wild.

BRAMBLETON MODEL RAILWAY CLUB

Beginning more than 60 years ago, this fascinating club has built a complex network of ‘O’ gauge and ‘SM32’ outdoor railways in woodland near the Midland Main Line, as JIM RAYNER reveals. Photography, Trevor Jones.

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Little Burford

Inspired by the Severn Valley Railway’s picturesque country station, MIKE HICKLING commissioned DAN EVASON to build this slice of the 1930s rural Midlands in ‘O’ gauge, to tremendous effect, as Dan relates.

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Dawes Road

A switch of scale from amongst the smallest to amongst the largest led RICHARD BOOTHBY to build this atmospheric depot and station scene in ‘O’, set in the grimy 1980s.

Farnby 'O' gauge layout Feature Premium

Farnby

Cleveland Model Railway Club looked back to the 1930s on the LNER for its ‘O’ gauge branch line scene. MARTIN SMITH tells the story of this attractive group project. Photography, Mike Bisset.

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GIFFORD STREET

Gifford Street was once a regular fixture of the exhibition circuit and was a showcase for 7mm scale on a large scale. JOHN EMERSON bids farewell to Gifford Street to make way for his new ‘O’ gauge project. Photography, Mike Wild.

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MUCH WITHERING

The garden presented the perfect place for STEVE BOON to develop an ‘O’ gauge railway on which he could run his collection of Western Region hydraulics. Here he reveals the story behind the line and how it was built.

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Newton Grove 19F

A visit to a friend’s ‘O’ gauge layout was all the inspiration JONATHAN NEWTON needed to switch scales and start a new collection. Newton Grove shed is the result – a compact portrayal of the final years of steam in the North West.

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Old Elms Park - The Yard

Having built a stunning ‘O’ gauge roundhouse to display his locomotives, MARK POLLARD created an extension to breathe new life into this BR steam era scene. Photography, Trevor Jones.