Catte Lane – OO – Steve & Jane Grantham

This is not so much a layout, more a proof-of-concept. Having seen other boxfile layouts in magazines, on the web and in real life, I thought I could build one myself.

There are many good reasons for building a model railway in a boxfile, some of them are:

  1. It takes up very little space and can be put away in a cupboard when not in use.
  2. It can be used to experiment with various new techniques without wasting a lot of time and materials.
  3. It can be a chance to try a taster in a different scale/gauge/prototype at a budget price.
  4. It can be a great way to use up bits an pieces that are too good to get rid of.
  5. It’s fun!

The original boxfile shows a (very) small BR Permanent Way depot. This was my first attempt and, having used it a few times as part of a modelling demonstration, I decided it was a good idea to extend it. This led to the second part, which portrays both a through line and a short siding to a number of miscellaneous enterprises. The middle box is just a scenic section that contains the power feed and the extension ‘stick’ takes the place of a conventional fiddle yard. Electrics are standard DC.

The track and points are Peco Code 75, because they were handy. The points are hand operated in the name of simplicity. The structures are a mixture of scratchbuilt, resin castings and RTR. The locos and stock are from Bachmann and Hornby, converted to Kadee couplings.

The operators are members of DEMU and happy to answer questions about the layout and the Society.

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