By Michael Taylor
Paynter’s Green could just as well have been named “Secondhand Rose.” All the track, turnouts and much of the building materials have been recycled and two of the baseboards (4ft x 2ft) were recovered from a club member’s layout that had been ‘retired’ and put in store.
Two new additional baseboards were constructed from 9mm and 6mm ply and all four boards are held together with suitcase latches and track alignment is assured with the use of steel pattern maker’s dowels.
The total length of the layout is 16ft and when packed for transportation makes two 4ft x 2ft boxes.
The Peco streamline track, a double slip and a three-way turnout were purchased from club members at very reasonable cost. Only one turnout had to be bought at full cost - sadly!
The track combines well with the Marcway double slip and three-way point and point motors (salvaged and new) are a mixture of Seep and Peco all with accessory switching capability to change frog polarity and ensure, slow and reliable running. We hope.
There is still a great deal of work to be done, as you can see, so we hope visitors will not mind seeing a little work going on during the show.
The layout is intended to depict a busy single-line terminus serving a large country town with a thriving industrial presence.
The fictional story is that the town is “somewhere in England and the railway was built to support the town’s thriving industry manufacturing .....(check the types of industry from the low-relief buildings)...and provide convenient travel for the public which, even today shows healthy returns at the ticket office.
The setting is roughly in the eastern part of the country with connections to the Midlands, hence the reason why you see stock from the LNER and LMS regions and, dare we say, the occasional GWR infiltrator!
In fact, anything goes - and hopefully it will.