The idea for the layout is inspired by the clay dries at Wenfordbridge and Carbis Wharf, the last coal fired dry which closed in 1986. Trackwork was unchanged from the 1950's through to closure and this will allow me to chronicle the various types of rolling stock seen on clay trains from Beattie well tanks circa 1958 through to class 08's and 37's in the early 80's. A public wharf (siding) will allow some variety of rolling stock.
I am using the layout as a test bench for various techniques and I hope to extend it to a much larger layout after the Challenge. As such I have made track using the ply and rivet method, C&L components and hybrid ply and plastic. My stock list is expected to comprise shunters, types 2 and 3 on trip workings and a number of type 4 mainline engines on running in turns from St Blazey. All engines modelled will have been photographed on a clay train somewhere.