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Introduction

Scaleforum 2009 - Laxfield - John Watson

 
View of layout - Laxfield At Haughley Junction, on the G.E.R main line to Norwich, the Mid Suffolk Light Railway was projected eastwards across country in the general direction of Halesworth.
The line was constructed as a standard gauge light railway between 1902 and 1908, and reached a point a short distance beyond the village of Laxfield in the hamlet of Cratfield where both the line and the money ran out. By 1912 the track had been abandoned back to Laxfield, which then became the recognised terminus of the line.
The model of Laxfield was built as a first time exercise in prototype finescale modelling to P4 standards. The buildings and track plan are as accurate as the supply of photographs and remaining foundations would allow.

View of layout - Laxfield Trackwork is conventional bullhead rail soldered to preriveted plywood sleepers. Although the prototype originally featured a light section flat bottom rail, it was replaced with heavier section bullhead rail in 1947 so as to allow "J15" class tender engines to use the line.

 
Point operation is by lever frame and torque rods, giving quiet and easily adjusted blade throw. The crossing gate mechanism uses a catch-plate engaging with two yokes that collect each gate in turn and deposit them very precisely in their open or closed position.

View of layout - Laxfield All grass areas are pre-dyed surgical lint glued fluffy side down and when set the backing ripped off. The trees and shrubs are made with wire frames and given a foam scenic mat leaf cover. The wild flowers by the lineside and vegetables in the allotment are made from either coloured tissue paper cut with various punches and assembled on wire or fibre stems, or from minced foam built up around the stems.

 
Nearly all the buildings, apart from the engine shed, were clad in corrugated iron, so to model these a framework of styrene was made and then individual sheets of corrugated 7thou pewter were glued onto the framework.

Locomotives and rolling stock that can be seen on the model are all either built from kits or scratchbuilt, with compensated chassis and Alex Jackson couplings, and are typical of those that would have been seen on the "Middy" prior to the first world war, during the 1930s, or just before closure in 1952.

 

Laxfield track diagram

 

Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield
Model railway layout - Laxfield