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Mortimore's Yard is a small fan of sidings where trains are assembled and split as their wagons make their way from and to customers' sidings in the nearby docks area. Set on an embankment, closely surrounded by a mix of housing and industry, the Yard represents a typical minor railway installation that operated for over 100 years, virtually unnoticed.
But traffic is declining, things are becoming run-down and neglected. Will Mortimore's Yard last much longer than the Western Region's distinctive diesel hydraulic locomotives, themselves under a sentence of death?
Although a fictional location, inspiration has come from many real places. The firm from which the layout takes its name ran a coal merchant's business based in Chippenham station yard for many years. Their former offices still stand as a listed building and are modelled. Similarly, other buildings on the layout are modelled on structures in the Chippenham area, some of which are now but a memory.
The layout features Digital Command Control using a Lenz 90 unit, and a mix of RtR and kit built rolling stock, with some major conversions and scratch built stock planned.
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