Day of the diesels

Three gen­er­a­tions have worked to­gether to model this ‘O’ gauge marvel.

Model Rail (UK) - - Contents - Words: Chris Gadsby Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Ne­vard Art­work: An­drew Mack­in­tosh

Did you ever use the ex­cuse “He told me to do it” for a mis­de­meanour at school? And did your teacher come back with “If some­one told you to jump off a cliff, would you?”? ‘Calver­car Town’ puts a mod­el­ling slant on that old class­room cliché: “If Dave Low­ery told you to build a shed around your lay­out, would you?” In the case of ‘Calver­car Town’, the an­swer is yes. The need for a ded­i­cated lay­out shed be­came ap­par­ent when the fa­ther-and-son team of Peter Be­sant Sr and Jr de­cided, af­ter chat­ting with long-time friend Dave Low­ery, to con­vert their 30ft end-to-end lay­out into a looped lay­out to al­low for the con­tin­u­ous run­ning of trains. Peter Jr ex­plains: “Af­ter be­ing in­tro­duced to Dave by a mu­tual friend 12 years ago I vis­ited him a few times. I’d al­ways wanted some­where that I could just switch off and play trains, and found that the more I vis­ited Dave the more en­vi­ous I be­came of his pur­pose-built rail­way build­ing. “We wanted to run a de­cent length ‘O’ gauge train and have more than a sin­gle line in op­er­a­tion at any one time, so a looped lay­out was a ne­ces­sity. By the time the 180o turn was made at each end and

VI­TAL STATS Lay­out: ‘Calver­car Town’ Size: 36ft 1in by 13ft 1in Gauge: ‘O’

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