Moxley Heath – O Gauge – Jim Read

Moxley Heath

Moxley is a small area in the triangle formed by Bilston, Wednesbury and Darlaston in the Black Country.

Moxley Heath is a twig off the Moxley Light Railway which branched off the GWR main line at Bradley through to some of the industries in Moxley itself. The line to the Heath ran alongside the canal and the remains can be spotted from the Black Country Spine Road. It terminated in a factory area close to the end of Heathfield Road and the Wards plant pot factory.

The criteria for making the layout was Carl Arendt’s challenge of a working layout with some operating interest in about four square feet regardless of scale. Thanks to Carl this genre of modelling has gained the recognition it deserves with many excellent layouts being produced all over the world.

Most of what you can see here is scratchbuilt; the plain track from code 100 rail glued to card sleepers, the point made with the rail soldered to copperclad strips, the locos and coach from Plastikard, and the wagons and vans from card and paper.

The homemade controller is a current limited pulsed/feedback type made from a circuit designed by Brian Tilbury for the 2mm Association in 1973, using only 3 transistors and giving superb slow running. I will email to circuit to anyone with sufficient electronic knowledge to make up an item from a circuit diagram.

The backscene buildings are photographs I took myself in the Don Valley area of Sheffield and then fiddled with in software to get them reasonably square and to get rid of lots of the modern looking bits that festoon buildings. Other printed textures are downloaded and printed off from the CG Textures website.

Moxley is a small area in the triangle formed by Bilston, Wednesbury and Darlaston in the Black Country.

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