Queen St Yard

QUEENS STREET YARD     7mm scale standard gauge diorama


This layout began life as a test track for newly built locomotives and rolling stock that I build.

It was suggested I develop it into a fully scenic cameo layout which is how it became Queens Street Yard. This required the construction of a purpose built fiddle yard, backscenes, lighting and a fully functioning power box instead of the temporary wiring used in my workshop.

My favoured timescale is the pre grouping period as there was such a wide variety of locos. and rolling stock in many different liveries. The layout is modelled as a typical Victorian small back street goods yard not aligned to any particular railway company thus allowing me to run a variety of stock. Most of this is London & North Western Rly with the occasional Great Eastern Railway interloper. All the stock is now fitted with an adaption of the Dingham coupling instead of traditional three links for ease of operation at shows.

The scenery is constructed from card, foamboard or plasticard faced with embossed plastic sheet to give the brick/stone textures etc.,  some of the details are from cast kits as are the vehicles and figures.  The small office and the engine shed were constructed from the new type of laser cut card kits which have proved to be very good and easy to assemble.

The locomotives and rolling stock are all built from brass or plastic kits modified where necessary to improve the detail. All are spray painted and then weathered to suit.

The two turnouts are hand built and operated manually by slider switches  connected to the track by brass rodding. Most of the plain track is Peco but some is handbuilt. As a test track everything was made of items already in my spares box so it is a real hotch potch! including the wiring. This was all laid across the surface of the board so is consequently now buried under scenery! Not ideal.

If I started the layout again far more planning would go into the initial design especially the wiring  but as a converted test board it has given me a lot of pleasure ,I hope you enjoy it also.

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