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Clutton is a personal project by Tim Venton and was inspired by Barry Norman’s Petherick and by the Pendon Museum layout, being very much the railway in the landscape with the surrounding buildings and operated in accordance with prototype practice. Clutton was a station on the Great Western branch between Bristol and Frome, set in the 1950s.

The baseboards are built from stressed plywood and rest on a sub-frame supported by trestles. Track is hand-built using individual chairs glued on to plywood sleepers. All the signals and running line points are worked by the interlocked lever frame which represents the actual frame at Clutton.

The single main lines are controlled by representations of the electric key token block instruments. These are interconnected with the lever frame, so that starting a train requires the issuing of a token and electrically releasing the lever. Since the signalman and the frame are at the front, visitors can see all of this happen. Most locos run on sprung wheels with split frame chassis and are powered by can
motors. The railway buildings are mostly scratchbuilt from plastic card but the non-railway buildings have been produced on a computer and include experiments with perspective modelling.

The trains are representative of those which would have been seen at the time. Passenger trains are frequently hauled by tank locos and consist of GW “B” sets since that is what would have happened. Freight is important with coal from the nearby Somerset coalfields passing though, and some freight
trains will pause to allow passenger trains to overtake.

Presented by Tim Venton.

Clutton won the York Trophy voted most interesting, entertaining or worthy of merit by visitors to the exhibition.

All images:
David Brandreth