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Forest Gate Parkway

Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Forest Gate Parkway  
Graham Mann OO gauge 4mm scale

Forest Gate, is a fictional location, not to be confused with Forest Gate in London, but placed roughly around the Worcester and Gloucester area. The town has a mix of old and new buildings not all currently occupied. Despite this construction of a number of new buildings continues, structure are still being squeezed onto every inch of available land.

The station and associated buildings were constructed on a disused railway yard which used to feed the factory. Constructed in the early eighties when traffic was relatively light, the car park is now too small and the station building is very inefficient, especially during rush hour.

A number of train operating companies run services to and from the station, these including First Great Western and Arriva Trains Wales. It is not unusual to see many varied liveries especially where stock has been transferred from other regions. Although located firmly on the English side of the border, the Parkway station is, in my strange world, maintained by Arriva Trains Wales.

The large factory at the southern end of the layout is based loosely on the Forgemasters Limited plant in Taffs Well, just north of Cardiff. It is still busy and regularly receives coiled sheet in various telescopic steel hood wagons, the freight cars are backed directly into the building or left on its solitary siding. The condition of the buildings on the site have deteriorated over the years with the original offices now empty and about to be demolished to make way for yet more modern structures.

The scenic section of the layout is 11 feet by 2 feet with the whole layout measuring 13 by 6. It is mainly DCC sound and is as up to date as possible given how often train operating companies change their liveries. It has been a joy to build though there are still areas yet to be finished and I am currently working on a further 6 foot extension.


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