'Addison Park' - MR241

 Points are operated by the wire‑in‑tube method and connected to slide switches. CHRIS NEVARD

Points are operated by the wire‑in‑tube method and connected to slide switches. CHRIS NEVARD

The unique character of London Transport proved a fitting challenge for 3mm stalwart Phill Hutchings.

Those who build in 3mm:1ft scale uphold one of the last surviving areas of the hobby, where just about every aspect of layout construction involves an element of scratchbuilding. In a world of out-of-the-box track, stock, buildings and scenery, 3mm modelling requires a mastery of working with metals, plastic and card, which were once a prerequisite for every railway modeller.

Going 3mm is challenging enough, but Phill Hutchings decided to make life even harder for himself – he wanted to capture the intricacies and unique character of London Transport. This is not Phill’s first layout to carry the name ‘Addison Park’. His first was set in the 1930s and featured North London Railway steam services and Southern electrics running into a small terminus.

A new layout moved the setting into the early 1950s London Transport scene, with the first post-war trains running alongside vintage pre-war stock. Phill built new baseboards rather than be saddled with the odd-sized collection from the previous build. He also decided to ditch 12mm gauge ‘TT’ track in favour of the more accurate 14.2mm gauge...

Find out more in MR241 - OUT OCTOBER 19

 'Addison Park' is so much more than just trains. CHRIS NEVARD

'Addison Park' is so much more than just trains. CHRIS NEVARD