After six years success with the fictitious layout "Llandovnodd", we decided to model the next fictitious village up the coast called Avyn-a-llyin. The layout has Welsh origins, hence the name, although you will realise the is not Welsh, if you say it the English way. The grounds of the ruined castle on the hill now belong to the local golf club, who have constructed a very scenic golf course. The pier is of timber construction, with each upright individually screwed into place. Most of the buildings are scratch built in Linka and Plastikard. Two of the roofs are genuine hand cut Welsh slate, and three roofs are thatched with plumbers hemp in Pendon style. The sea is literally dozens of coats on non-drip varnish on a mixture of sand and ballast. The beach is real sand from our local sand quarry, and is about 20mm deep. There are over 200 figures on the layout, and in case you cannot find them, the nudists are at the back of the beach under the sea wall!The track is Peco crazy track with Seep electrics, and ballasted with a mix of granite, limestone and sand. Most of the stock is kit built with a few scratch built items. Avin-a-llyin was first exhibited in October 1989, and has since won numerous trophies. It also appeared in the Railway Modeller, February 1992.
We hope you enjoy looking at the layout, as much as we did building it.