Watlington

Courtesy Graeme Tyrer

Originally built by Geoff Bell
Photos by Jon Cumming

 

Watlington (Buckinghamshire) has been modelled as a prototypical branch line terminus in OO gauge. The layout was originally built by Geoff Bell, but is now owned by Graeme Tyrer. You can read more about the branch and see Graeme's photos of Watlington taken in 2004 in the GWR Features section.

All buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt, including the Station Building, Carriage Shed, Goods Shed, Water Tower, Coaling Stage and Plate Layers Hut.

The layout is built on 4 equally sized boards, of which 3 are scenic, and one is a 4-road fiddle yard. It has detachable screw-in legs (fully supporting & free standing). When erected, the layout stands 3' high and is 15' long and 2' wide. For ease of transportation it packs neatly into a dexion frame on casters measuring approx 4' (wide) x 2' (deep) x 3' (height).

Electrically, the layout features a built-in Control Panel with Probe operated points, as well as a 'wander lead' controller, enabling front operation when desired.



The station building, the design of which was characteristic for the line




Looking towards Aston Rowant




The station building again



The station master, lost in thought?




Overall view, with carriage shed in foreground




Loco servicing area



The Goods Shed




View through the Goods Shed




Looking out from the tunnel

You can read more about the Watlington branch and see Graeme's photos of Watlington taken in 2004 in the GWR Features section.