Boot camp

Kevin Rus­sell

Model Rail (UK) - - The Club Room -

This is my new com­pact ‘OO’ gauge lay­out, en­ti­tled ‘Mil­i­tary Boots’. It is based on a fic­ti­tious branch of the Long­moor Mil­i­tary Railway, and is built in a shoe­box – hence the ti­tle. Much of the track is sec­ond-hand Peco – the point is by Bachmann (also sec­ond-hand), while the curve in the sid­ing is new Peco track. The point is worked by a home-made link­age made out of two pa­per­clips. All that’s left for me to do are the scenery and build­ings. The four-wheel coach is a sec­ond-hand model I pur­chased from a stall at a lo­cal model railway ex­hi­bi­tion that had been re­painted as an LMR coach. The War Depart­ment van – an­other re­paint, and with a new roof – was also bought at the same time. The plat­form has been fit­ted with a brake van body pur­chased from the same model railway ex­hi­bi­tion (but a dif­fer­ent stall). I scratch­built two buffer­stops to be in­stalled in the sid­ing and plat­form road and glued a backscene made from blue card, in much the same way as on my other shoe­box lay­out – ‘Folkesgate’. I just need to do the scen­ics and bal­last, and the lay­out will be com­plete.

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