Tony Ford's first attempt at Yatton was built in the 1960s, appearing in Railway Modeller in 1965. The layout was subsequently taken on by the now defunct Bristol 4mm Group, and toured the exhibition circuit in the late 1960s/early 1970s.
The first Yatton layout was subsequently sold on, eventually taken over by Tom McKee. You can see Tom McKee's refurbished version of the first Yatton here.
Tony Ford later decided to make another Yatton in his loft, which did away with some of the compromises of the original layout. The pictures shown on the following pages depict this second version.
Many thanks to Trevor Pott for the photos and the above background information.
Empty milk churns are prepared for the Cheddar Valley train
Note the platform lamps, depicting a standard style
Busy platforms – looking towards Bristol
The ex. 7.55am Taunton to Paddington stops at Yatton
Down Main Starting Signal
A Down King hauled express passes
Coal merchants office, with weighbridge outside
Side entrance to the Down platform
Waiting for a visitor from a Down train
The Station Master's House
Groceries delivery? Discussing local politics? Or both?
The Station Hotel
Mail for the Station Hotel
The Newspaper man...
...doing his rounds.
The Railway Terrace...
...on a sunny day.
A railside cottage
The Bridge Inn
Then inn again, seen from the road
The ex.1.35am Crewe to Penzance...
...crosses the bridge...
...and approaches Yatton.
In 2005, the "Yatton" layout was extended to include the branch to Blagdon. Trains run from Yatton via the Cheddar line onto the Blagdon branch. The station is served by a 517 Class loco and three four-wheel coaches or a railmotor, as the real station was.
Overview of the station
517 Class with coaches at the station