Above: Lawrence Hill Junction signal box. © information. May not be reproduced without permission.

2012 (4 of 11)

Barrow Road

Helped by members of the Glevum Group, Robin Whittle will be presenting his a-bit-more-than-embryonic layout Bristol Barrow Road, set in the 1950s early 60s period of BR. Based on the former Midland Railway shed in Bristol, this features a 24-road operational roundhouse, coaling tower and ash plant, together with a section of the Bristol to Gloucester main line, which passed alongside the shed yard.

At present it consists of seven scenic boards, which contain the Roundhouse and Workshop buildings (assembled from a kit of laser cut and etched parts produced by York Modelmaking), Coaling tower, Ash Plant and Lawrence Hill Junction Signal Box. The Templot track plan is the work of Morgan Gilbert, who also produced a set of templates for all the turnouts, while the boards have been designed and built with assistance from Chris Yates.

The initial phase of track laying is nearly complete and wiring is in progress. It is hoped that the turntable pit will be available at the show. Research material will be available and Morgan Gilbert and Paul Hutfield will be on hand with a selection of kit and converted RTR stock, including locomotives, coaches and wagons, which will be used on the layout. Morgan will also demonstrate the Templot track plan and hopefully some 3D modelling of components for the shed building.