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Scalefour South West 2009 - Courcelle - Richard Chown

 
View of layout - Courcelle Courcelle is a cameo of a busy corner of a large station: what we would understand as the end of the Down Yard where train engines, both goods and empty passenger, uncouple and run round, and where there are also goods sidings to shunt.

 
The location is fictional, somewhere in the Haute Auvergne of France, where the Paris Orleans and the Paris Lyon & Mediterranean Railways met, the date being about 1880.
The layout is built to O GaugeProto 43.5 standards (Scaleseven). The PO loco is scratchbuilt, the larger PLM from a DJH kit and the smaller PLM was made in France.

The vehicles are a mixture of scratch built and kits. All three locos are fitted with the Pacific Fast Mail synchronised sound system, now over thirty years old.

 

Model railway layout - Courcelle
Model railway layout - Courcelle

 

Scalefour South West 2009 - The Culm Valley Light Railway - Chris Lamacraft

 
View of layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway The Culm Valley Light Railway ran for seven and a half miles from Tiverton Junction to Hemyock. lt was built primarily to carry dairy products to London. Taken over by the GWR in 1880 it remained very much a light railway throughout its lifetime, with tight curves, short trains and a speed limit of 5mph. The model is built to a scale of 4mm to I ft EM gauge and attempts to portray the station at Hemyock as closely as possible within the confines of the inevitable space limitations.

 
The chosen period is circa 1933 following major alterations to the track layout including an additional siding to the Creamery. It is to scale length but the curvature of the original has been straightened slightly and the Creamery sidings realigned. lt is hoped these fairly minor changes do not detract from the special atmosphere of the prototype. The locomotives and rolling stock seen on the model are typical of those used on the branch between 1920 & 1940. However some variations will be seen for added operational interest.

 

Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway
Model railway layout - The Culm Valley Light Railway

 
Photographs © David Browne, Nigel Twinberrow, Nick T Smith and David Brandreth.