'Hinksey Yard' - MR263

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A mammoth masterpeice

Hinksey Yard, on the former Great Western main line to Didcot, played a key role during the early 20th century in the growth of Oxford’s motor industry (see p28). Now, it’s a ‘virtual quarry’ storing ballast. An enormous quantity of ballast. So, how do you depict the busy movements of freight and passenger trains through a yard a kilometre long in the heart of England in model form? You follow in the footsteps of the Epsom & Ewell Model Railway Club and build a mammoth ‘N’ gauge version over four years. 

“The layout came about when a couple of visitors to our club’s annual exhibition a decade ago commented that there are very few ‘N’ gauge or modern image layouts, so a small group of us decided we’d kill two birds with one stone,” explains club member Dave Searle. “None of us had any prior experience of ‘N’ gauge so we were able to start with a clean slate. If we were to do it again, we’d use the newer Finetrax system, which would look better, and we’d be able to ensure the points don’t rely on a touching electrical contact. This is something we’ll be incorporating into our next layout which is in 2mm Finescale.”

None of the members had any prior connections to Hinksey Yard, so how does a club situated inside the M25 decide to model a yard 70 miles away?

You can read the full article in Model Rail 263 - Out Thursday July 11th!

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