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Pen-y-Bont Fawr

Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Pen-y-Bont Fawr  
Steve Monk OO gauge 4mm scale

Pen-y-Bont Fawr is a small town located in the Tanat Valley in mid Wales.

The original line was built to transport stone and minerals, mostly granite and lead ore from the mines at Llangynog to Oswestry and beyond.

The layout is loosely based on the station and small goods yard, as it might have been had the line been developed further after the GWR took over the line in the Grouping of 1923. It is also assumed that the line between this station and Llangynog has been closed after the line was subject to severe flooding and land slips on the line to the west.

The model was built in 2018/19 and all the track is Peco code 75 bullhead.

Most of the buildings and infrastructure is scratch built from plastic card and painted with household emulsion paints. The exception is the signal box which is a Ratio kit.

The goods shed and cattle dock is a true scale replica of the prototype that existed.

The trees are a mixture of both handmade and Woodland Scenic tree kits, ground cover is hanging basket liner and various shades and lengths of static grass.

The level crossing gates actually work as do the signals. The gates, signals and points all being electrically interlocked to prevent any conflicting movements.

The layout is wired so that it can run on both 12v DC analogue or DCC albeit not at the same time!

The layout also incorporates a built in "auto-shuttle" where a local auto train or DMU can be left to run back and forth automatically, giving the operator a break to sort out stock in the fiddle yard or chat to visitors at exhibitions.


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