by Simon Dawson
Featured in Continental Modeller November 2007
Layout Size 2metres(plus 1metre work area) by 0.5metres
|photo at Rawtenstall Oct 2007|
This layout is built on an old
pasting table, the overall size being 1 square metre, and the design was
originally intended for a competition to build a layout with a maximum size of 1
square metre.1/12th scale is more associated with dolls houses, but
is starting to be used by some railway modellers. The track gauge corresponds to
either 50cm or 60cm, both common gauges in France.
Many of the items on layout are
from dolls house suppliers, but the back scenes are my own artwork.
Track is standard G gauge track
from the German manufacturer LGB., as is the rolling stock, suitably modified.
Port d’Étropal is a small
inland port somewhere in France, where gravel is loaded into railway wagons from
boats(not seen on layout). The full wagons are shunted around the layout so they
can be unloaded in the fiddle-yard area, and then the shunting operation is
reversed so the wagons can be refilled under the hopper. On other occasions
other trains make an appearance.
To the right hand side of the
layout the fiddle yard has been extended to make unloading easier, as well as
allowing an automatic shuttle to be run. Other items of 1/12th
buildings and stock are also on show in this area.
The whole display has been
designed to look like a rural market stall, and typical French café music is
used as background