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Bakewell Street

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Bakewell Street  
Chris Hopper O gauge 7mm scale

Bakewell Street is my first attempt at a standard gauge 7mm layout and is something of an experiment. It is a simple test track laid as an "Inglenook" or shunting twig and has been built using Peco track. It is designed to be extended if I wish and is still technically "unfinished". It has been further developed by including a sector plate at one end to provide a run-round loop, although the layout can still be operated simply, using the 8 foot scenic section.

It is loosely based in the 1960's and depending on the stock run is located on the British Rail Western Region somewhere in the Gloucester area or on the London Midland Region on Merseyside.

The layout is run with an NCE DCC system and the locomotives are sound chipped. The couplings are MSE Sprat and Winkle operated using both fixed and electo magnets. We try to operate "hands off" as much as we can.

The locomotives are a mixture of kit-built and ready-to-run, the freight stock is mainly kit-built plastic and brass kits from Slater's, Parkside and Connoisseur.

Soft scenery is mainly from Greenscene, with an additional layer of static grass. Low relief brick buildings are mainly Skytrex, with a number scratch built.

There is a choice of two signal boxes, depending on region in operation on the day. The LNWR cabin is Lasercraft Devon, the Midland Region signal box is the former Churchward Models structure now made by Phoenix Models. For Walkerail 2017 my “plan” is to swap them overnight so LMR in Northwest on Saturday and WR around Gloucester on Sunday.


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