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Lyndefeld WEBSITE  
Brian Stemming OO gauge 4mm scale

Lyndefeld is an imaginary small market town set somewhere in the mid-south of England near the coast. It is served by a branch off the South Western Main Line and has, so far, escaped the Beeching "axe". The line was originally conceived as a cross-country route to join the LSWR branch to Midhurst. As a consequence the station at Lyndefeld was built as a through station, although, in the event, the line was never extended beyond here.

The branch generates a moderate train service for the locality with commuter services to and from Brighton and Waterloo, as well as connecting with the Western Region, with access to Reading. There is still a fair amount of freight, sufficient to warrant the retention of a small locomotive facility at Lyndefeld although the market these days provides little traffic and what there is, is mainly in the movement of sheep. With the "axe" of Dr Beeching hovering over the railways, the Lyndefeld branch is beginning to play host to occasional enthusiasts' excursions.

The layout was designed to demonstrate what can be achieved using mainly proprietary materials and built as a first attempt at an exhibition layout. The base-boards are constructed of 12mm MDF and chipboard on 2" x 1" softwood frames. All trackwork is PECO Streamline on a cork base and ballasted with "granite" chippings. Points are controlled electrically with Peco point motors. The station building, platform, goods and engine sheds, signal box, retaining walls and most of the bridge are constructed from Wills kits and materials, whilst Woodland Scenics materials have been used for landscaping. Most of the trees on the layout have been constructed from twisted wire.

The layout was principally built to fit into a spare bedroom 9' 6" x 7' 3" and is, therefore, L-shaped. It is, however, also designed for exhibition purposes to appear in one length of 17' 3", depending on the space available.


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