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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Richard & Paul Eason P4 gauge 4mm scale

It is the 1980s and summer. The yard at Frampton serves the nearby inland waterways dock at Sharpness and is connected via a spur to the nearby Sharpness branch. The decline in rail traffic to the docks has contributed to the deterioration of the yard at Frampton, however its location is key to its survival.

Frampton provides a useful rail connection to the nearby surviving industries and more recently the district civil engineer has started to utilise the yard's proximity to the nearby Bristol to Gloucester main line. With frequent visits from mainline locomotives, yard space soon becomes scarce as the resident class 08 shunter jostles wagons for space.

Frampton is a fictional location. The layout was originally conceived for the Scalefour Society 18.83 Challenge and has been built in accordance to the competition rules. Its design permits easy storage and transporation, with the layout easily fitting in a small family car. Although the overall dimensions of the layout are small, it demonstrates that an intensive operational layout can be achieved in a small space. Operation is by 12V DC. Wagons and locomotives consist mainly of detailed and converted ready-to-run and kit-built stock, running on hand-built trackwork, mainly constructed using copperclad and 'ply and pins' method.


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