An ex­ca­va­tion sen­sa­tion

Mod­el­ling in a larger scale doesn’t mean you need an im­prac­ti­cally large lay­out, as John Camp­bell demon­strates with this 16mm:1ft quarry set­ting.

Model Rail (UK) - - Workbench - Words: Chris Gadsby Pho­tog­ra­phy: Chris Ne­vard

Be­fore John had built ‘Camp­bell’s Quarry’ he’d been of­fered a full-size Rus­ton Bucyrus 10RB dragline ex­ca­va­tor, but af­ter be­ing em­phat­i­cally told by his wife that it wasn’t al­lowed in the gar­den as it would leave no space for her green­house, he set about build­ing a 16mm:1ft scale model in­stead. “I fin­ished the model but then I had nowhere to use it. A lot of peo­ple col­lect lo­co­mo­tives and rolling stock be­fore build­ing a lay­out to suit, but I’ve never met any­one who has based their lay­out around an ex­ca­va­tor! The lay­out mea­sures only 5ft 6in by 2ft 6in, which was dic­tated by the work­shop space avail­able that was pre­vi­ously oc­cu­pied by a lathe. “Hav­ing built the dragline ex­ca­va­tor I wanted to use it, so the lay­out formed around that. It made sense to have the sand trans­ported to an­other area and then brought back, and very quickly the plan formed in my mind.”

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