West Tilgate 2mm, N Gauge, BR Southern Region

Layout Summary

The layout is based on a mainline junction in the LSWR area in the 1950s/60s. It has recently been fitted with third rail on all the southern running lines allowing for more realistic running experience.

Layout Description

The layout depicts a 1950s - 60s station and goods yard in British Railways Southern Region, somewhere on the former LSWR main line. The layout is a freelance design with a track plan intended to provide operational challenge and interest. The main line has recently been upgraded to portray Third Rail DC electrification, permitting the realistic operation of appropriate EMUs and DC locomotives.

Most buildings are scratch-built with one or two modified kits. The scenery is built up with polystyrene, and plaster bandage and is covered with a variety of shades and textures from the Woodlands Scenics range.

Rolling stock is a mixture of RTR, kit-built and scratch-built representative of BR (Southern Region) in about the 1950s-60s. However as this is a club layout and anything goes provided the locomotive and stock form an appropriate train. The secondary cross country line provides a route for inter-regional trains to access the seaside towns of the south coast allowing a variety of stock to be run. There are three operator positions, two for the main running lines and one for the goods yard. All points are electrically operated using Tortoise motors. The layout has a schematic control panel with indicator LEDs showing route and section settings.