Narrow Gauge North


Clee Valley Railway

A layout by Peter Leadley
Scale : O9 (7mm/foot)
Gauge : 9mm
Size : 10' 6" x 3'

The layout represents a miniature railway somewhere in England in 2005.  Obviously a tourist attraction and, although not based on a particular location, tries to be representative of the 38 15inch miniature railways in the UK. The track is Peco 009 mainline track with the 12inch mainline points.  These are operated by wire in the tube in the scenic section  although the ‘fiddle yard’ points are operated by SEEP point motors.  The track is laid on thin cork, to give a ballast shoulder and then ballasted with fine ballast.  The scenery is the usual mix of scatters from various manufacturers on top of polystyrene foam and ‘Mod Roc’ to get the various contours.

The main buildings are scratch built using a thick plastic and embossed plasticard and while not based on prototypes those who have visited  Hoveton (Wroxham) on the Bure Valley Railway, may spot some similarity with the station buildings.  The hut by the turntable is a kit from Unit  Models, the turntable being a modified Peco ‘N’ gauge model.

Rolling stock is a mix of scratch and kit built items as there is no ready to run stock  available in this scale/gauge, although more kits are becoming available from the likes of Unit Models, Avalon and Miniature Gauge Models; with a recent additions to the list of suppliers in the shape of Finelines and A1 Models.  All stock is fitted with B&B 3mm couplings to allow for uncoupling in the station area. Trains can be up to 5 coaches in length but do vary depending on what is pulling them and what is set up in the fiddle yard.  People are from various manufacturers and are both white metal and plastic.

09 modelling while in its infancy, is becoming more popular and with the advent of 3D printing more kits etc are becoming available.

The layout will also be appearing at the following shows :-

 Shepton Mallet  Narrow Gauge South West 15/02/14
 York  York Model Railway Show  19-21/02/14