SOUTHPORT

Model Rail (UK) - - Masterplan Seaside Attraction­s -

I use sev­eral dif­fer­ent ap­proaches to lay­out de­sign. When it comes to small lay­outs, I start by work­ing out the op­er­a­tional di­men­sions to en­sure that the re­sult is go­ing to be in­ter­est­ing to play with. There­fore, ev­ery­thing in this ‘OO’ gauge de­sign – the plat­form, the sec­tor plate and the main­te­nance shed roads – can all hold a two-car DMU. The re­main­ing plat­forms and non-scenic stor­age sid­ings can even hold two two-car units each. With that sorted, I start to fo­cus on the vi­su­als. I masked the plat­form ends with Southport Chapel Street’s over­all roof. The sec­tor plate is dis­guised by a full-width bridge and ‘L’-shaped high-level ware­houses and the rear with a row of low-re­lief ware­houses and hoard­ing, mask­ing the joint be­tween lay­out and backscene. If you’ve got an ex­tra 1ft avail­able, you could get away with a 3ft sec­tor plate, a longer shed and in­creased plat­form length.

Class 507 and Class 508 EMUS are avail­able in kit form in ‘OO’ gauge from Ay­jay Mod­els (www.south­ern­re­gion­mod­els.co.uk). 507011 awaits de­par­ture from Southport’s Plat­form 3 on July 28 1992. Southport sta­tion’s train shed is a spec­tac­u­lar struc­ture. To...

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