Last layout from the Southampton show – Spanker Lane, a Minories layout under construction in ‘N’. The show guide states that:
Spanker Lane is found in the north of England, where green DMU’s are the order of the day, although loco hauled trains can occasionally be seen. After passing alongside the canal exchange sidings and small goods yard trains arrive at Spanker Lane station.
The layout is a work in progress based upon ‘Minories’ by C. Freezer. However, the goods yard was never on the original plan. The layout is DCC controlled.
The layout is built on four 2′ long boards (platforms, pointwork, the added goods yard, and traverser. This is definitely an economy sized layout, with no more than a four coach train. It would be ideal for CJF’s original concept of small tank engines and short coaches. The station throat is classis Minories, with a pair of hinged boards, and scenic boards added to the front.
The short platforms….
And the traverser, operated by No. 1 calibrated eyeball (and lots of tea by the looks of it.) I liked the point on the traverser, increasing storage for a couple of short trains, whilst limiting the distance the traverser has to move.
A very satisfying little layout, and I hope to see the scenic version in due course.