Build an ‘in­glenook’

PETER MAR­RIOTT re­cy­cles old ma­te­ri­als to make a lay­out that’s big on play value yet small on space re­quire­ments and quick to build.

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Peter Mar­riott builds a lay­out that’s big on play value yet small on space re­quire­ments and quick to build.

Not an­other small lay­out from that bloke Mar­riott, I hear you cry. Sorry, but it’s true. I had a cou­ple of rea­sons for build­ing this one: firstly, I wanted to re­cy­cle a baseboard; se­condly, I wanted some­where to run my new NCB ‘57XX’ 0-6-0PT. I ac­cept that these are pretty un­usual rea­sons for mak­ing a new lay­out, and they must seem even more so when I ad­mit that I bought the NCB ‘57XX’ on a whim. I missed out when it was a Model­zone lim­ited edi­tion, but then I saw one on Hat­ton’s web­site, so bought it. The baseboard was one that I built years ago. I’d re­moved most of the scenery from it and had planned to take it to the tip, be­fore real­is­ing what a waste that would be. It gave me the op­por­tu­nity to try some­thing that I’d al­ways wanted to: the ‘in­glenook’ con­cept. I could build a shunt­ing puz­zle lay­out with just two points on it, while hav­ing a play around with a few prod­ucts I had in stock and had not yet found a home for. The name of ‘Row­ley Goods’ was in­spired by my former West Mid­lands stamp­ing ground of Row­ley Regis. The lay­out would not re­sem­ble that dou­ble-track sub­ur­ban line in any way, other than it plays host to GWR mo­tive power. Cur­rently in the hands of the Lon­don Mid­land fran­chise, Row­ley Regis sta­tion has al­ways looked a bit run-down to me. My in­glenook de­sign has three sid­ings: one is used to store a diesel rail­car for pas­sen­ger shut­tles, while the other two are used for a small goods yard. The op­er­a­tional po­ten­tial is the ab­so­lute min­i­mum that any­body would want, but by the same to­ken I wanted to prove that you can build a lay­out with some ‘play value’ in a small space. You may raise your eye­brows at some of the choices I’ve made - such as us­ing foam bal­last un­der­lay - but I also wanted to prove that you could make a lay­out with play value in a small space re­ally quickly.

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