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Phil Lovell & Mervyn Miller OO gauge 4mm scale

Minehead is not the first Great Western Railway branch line terminus that springs to mind when thinking of a suitable prototype to model. Everyone thinks of that enormously long platform for the excursion traffic and decide they have not got the space.

The station area has not always been as big as it is now, in the early 1930's it was still quite a manageable, modellable size, it was therefore decided to Model Minehead as it was then. Complete with engine shed, carriage sidings and turntable. This is one of those complicated turntables with extension rails that allow engines longer that the bed be turned.

We have made models of stations on the line to Minehead before, Wilton and Dunster. We always enjoyed trips to the line which is beautifully preserved by the West Somerset Railway. Modelling stations on a preserved railway is so much easier than trying to work from just photographs.

Our layout is built on a plywood, flat topped, baseboard. The track is Peco code 75 on a cork base. Scenery is mainly Woodland Scenics and the buildings are scratch built, the station is a modified Hornby kit. Signals are Ration operated by Fulgurex motors. Rolling stock used on the railway is modified proprietary with some kit built items. We still have a lot of coaches to build.

It is a new layout and refinements will be progressively completed


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