We currently have 5 layouts within the club: fully-working ‘N’, ‘OO’ and ‘O’ Gauge Exhibition layouts, a Junior Layout (also available for exhibitions), and our permanent ‘O’ Gauge layout currently being rebuilt:
Sandmarch is our newest layout in N gauge, and has visited many local exhibitions over the last few years. Sandmarch is DC/DCC switchable and has two different set up configurations. The layout uses Kato track and depending on set up has 2 or 3 independent running loops, a small goods yard and a end to end shuttle on a viaduct across the layout.
Coleware is our OO gauge layout and has regularly gone to many local exhibitions. It is switchable between DC and DCC, it has a double track circuit with a branch line from the station to the ample fiddle yard.
O-Gauge (Permanent): Datchworth Magna (undergoing reconstruction)
The ‘O’ gauge layout was our largest layout, and ran 4 tracks around the clubhouse. It is currently being rebuilt, but will still have 4 tracks (with 25m of track each), a branch line and multiple stations. 2 of these tracks will be connected to the branch line and the stations, and the other 2 tracks will be running / testing circuits with passing loops. Additionally, running / testing loops in N and OO will be added (2 tracks of each gauge), as well as one loop of TT. All gauges will have the ability to switch between DC and DCC running.
We have recently been donated a small O Gauge layout, which has been redeveloped into an Exhibition Layout.
To support our junior members, and to offer a robust “Drive your own train” layout for exhibitions, we have recently built our newest layout, which consists of 2 loops of OO Gauge track, along with a couple of sidings. It has two separated places where the trains can be controlled from (to allow each driver space to still be with their family).