Northwick is a 4mm scale layout developed over many years. It is conventionally DC operated and following a recent ‘refresh’ of the scenery is enjoying renewed exhibition success that has culminated in a great visit to the Warley (NEC ) exhibition in November 2015.
Representing a main line terminus to fiddle-yard layout based on a “might have been” seaside resort on the Bristol Channel. The station has three platforms, a goods yard and a servicing point where locos can be turned and prepared for their return journey.
The scenic part of the layout is 21 ft by 2 ft (6.3m x 0.6m), plus a small scenic extension piece beyond the buffers and a cassette based fiddle yard. Plain track is SMP code 75, points are hand built using SMP rail and copper-clad sleepers. Buildings are a mixture of scratch and kit built structures.
Heavily muted colours have been used throughout and a “wash” of bonfire ash has been used to weather both structures and ground cover to give a prototypically dirty look that was typical of BR in the mid 1950s.
The operating pattern of the layout requires many on scene movements which we hope will keep the attention of onlookers.
There is more work to be done, the width of the baseboards is being increased and the next major task is to update the wiring and controls before considering an additional baseboard.