Managed by: Nigel Hawkins
Gauge: EM – 4mm 1:76
Exhibition Ready: Yes
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A small brewery layout, originally built by Ian Manderson, but modified by the current owner, Nigel, who added an engine shed and additional fiddle yard. Locomotives are mainly industrial although some ex-mainline locomotives can also be seen.
The layout was built for the 2002 DEMU small layout competition which among other things, stipulated that it mustn’t exceed an area of 654 sq ins and have at least one working point.
The track plan was arrived at using points that we already had in stock and a traverser, to save space and allow hidden sidings plus connection to the run round and grain uploading shed. We chose to model a brewery as we like beer! Such a prototype would also allow industrial buildings and a variety of wagon types. The wagons that can be seen are opens, vans, coal, grain and the odd internal user. The buildings are from the Walthers meat packing warehouse kit, from which we got the main building (with loading dock) and grain unloading building.
The baseboard is built as a single unit with legs that plug into pockets underneath. The layout gives a chance to show a varied display of shunters and wagon types, some which are scratch-built. We wanted to build a layout that would be of use beyond the competition and be interesting to operate too, as such it has exceeded the original design brief.