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Sodbury Vale MRC OO gauge 4mm scale

Codrington has been produced by members of the Sodbury Vale Model Railway Club. The layout depicts a typical British branch line terminus in the 1950s or early 1960s, a period of great transition as road transport took over from railways and steam gave way to diesel traction.

The choice of buildings, scenic details, colours, plus locomotives and rolling stock re?ects a setting not too far from the Bristol area. In most cases, the rolling stock has been weathered to replicate the condition of the period. The goal was to produce a railway in its landscape despite the relatively small size of the layout; only 12 feet by 2 feet.

The main aim of the layout was to show what could be achieved with modern readily available off the shelf 00 gauge products and materials. To this end it uses buildings from Hornby and Bachmann plus Peco code 75 track giving a ?ner appearance. Points are operated by Fulgarex slow action motors and the signals are from the new Dapol range.

The ready to run locomotives are controlled using Digital Command Control (DCC), a relatively new innovation in model railways. This provides excellent running through precise motor control and greatly simplifies the amount of layout wiring. Reliable hands off shunting of rolling stock is achieved by using Sprat and Winkle auto couplings which are a simple to fit modification to the off the shelf stock.


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