courtesy of Tony Wright.)
HARTSHILL BANK -
MRM MAGAZINE FEATURE
Encouraged by his experiences on the exhibition
circuit, Fred Johnson describes how he built his own N gauge layout.
Activity on the depot with two Class 37s,
two 60s and a 59 in attendance.
|I started to build the layout
in l998. Having helped Steve Farmer with his Barton Road layout at
a few exhibitions, I was encouraged to have a go myself. I decided
to incorporate a station at one end and a diesel depot at the other
end of the layout.
As it was to be an exhibition layout, I started to build the layout
in five sections of 2ft x 3ft each, giving an overall length of 10ft
by 3ft. My cousin, John, built my layout boards using the tongue and
groove method which we had previously tried out on our club layout.
The track is Peco code 55. It is laid on a base of cork and ballasted
using Greenscene's N gauge product.
With the track laid, next came the wiring, which I kept as simple
as possible. The points are operated on the stud and probe principle.
The layout uses K.P.C. hand-held controls.
A Gloucester parcels railcar
in the station bay platform.
Bank Track Plan - Layout size 10' x 3'
Hartshill Bank's town scene is made up from kits by Faller and Polar
plus a few scratch-built buildings. The continental kits have been
altered slightly to make them look British. The market stalls and
the bus shelters were made by my friend, Mick Tooth. The diesel
depot is made from two Peco kits utilising one full kit and half
of the other one. The yard lamps are from T.P.M. Models. The depot
yard is formed by plaster of Paris dragged across the tracks to
make it look like concrete.
A prominent feature behind the depot is the rock scene which was
constructed from plaster of Paris, nappy liners and tinfoil. The
tinfoil was put into place just before the plaster of Paris dried
out to get the indentations of the rock surface. This was then scattered
with Greenscene's scatter and trees were put into place as desired.
Another scenic feature is the canal, which was formed by painting
varnish on top of varnish with a layer of paint in-between.
A busy time at the depot and in the Civil
A view of Hartshill Bank's station buildings.
Canal scene with EWS No.66 003 and Blue
Circle cargo-wagons heading south.
The rolling stock is a mixture of my own loco re-sprays with a few
C.J.M. models, plus a bit of stock from Mick and John, together with
some scratch-built engineering rolling stock and kits of Steve Farmer's.
All the stock on the layout has been detailed or modified.
Having taken nearly three years to build the layout, which was set
up in the lounge, my thanks must go to my wife for putting up with
it all that time. Also many thanks to Mick, John and Steve for all
their help and to their wives for letting the lads come away at weekends
to attend exhibitions.
A bird's eye view of the station with a Midland Main Line HST arriving
as a pair of Loadhaul-liveried Class 37s head away with a nuclear
One for the 'bashers' as Freightliner Class
66 No.66 503 arrives at the station with a northbound charter.
The first vehicle behind the loco is a generator car.
||Hartshill Bank station with 59 102 heading
north with ARC box wagons while Freightliner's 47 306 heads southbound.
|Class 58 No.58 042 heads south past the diesel
depot with a MGR working.