Club Layouts

New Test Track

By January 2020, the construction of a new test track was complete and ready for testing. In order to save storage space and increase running capacity the boards of the new test track were constructed without legs and incororating eight continuous tracks.

Two N gauge and eight OO tracks are available for simultaneous operation via DC or DCC control. One for the OO tracks is also set up for either 2-rail or 3-rail operation with the intention of adding othe gauges in the future. Further technical details and pictures of the new test track will be included the new Club website currently under development.


This 18 foot long N Gauge layout is based on Worting Junction and the Battledown Flyover just to the west of Basingstoke where the lines to Salisbury and Southampton divide.

Battledown was completed in July 2018 and exhibited at the N Gauge AGM Exhibition in Horsham during that month. It was well received and as a result has a number of invitations to exhibitions , the first of which was in October that year. Usually controlled using traditional DC power, Battledown can be operated via DCC and mobile phones utilising JMRI software.

The pictures below the layout show fully erected with its three control panels attached and two scenes of the layout in operation. Both these scenes feature Worting Junction signal box and trains on the lines to and from Southampton and from Salisbury.



Work on Twofills the clubs new present day OO layout continues. There will be an 11 road fiddle yard to service a 2 rail main line, a dedicated freight line and on a higher level, a preserved line with station and goods yard.

The pictures show the recent progress with ballasting and scenic work and the wiring inside a control panel. It can be seen that buildings are ready but positioning in the viewing area has yet to be finalised.


Quarry Lane

This OO9 layout on two levels attempts to capture many of the varieties of narrow gauge railways in one 2.7m long construction. The scenes include a quarry, coal mining, slate mining, passenger service and exchange sidings to the main line.

In September 2018, the pictures below show that significant progress has been made with all track and pointwork in place, ballasting and scenery in evidence and a control panel added at one end of the layout.


Carfax Junction

Within a few months of the first meeting of the Club in October 2008, it had been decided to build a dual gauge layout using 4ft modular baseboards. The goal was to build sufficient boards to form a 10ft by 14ft layout. The pictures below show the progress from the design and construction of baseboards to a fully working layout which was demonstrated at the Open Day on 24th April 2010. The name Carfax Junction was given to the layout which was voted as the most favoured by members from the suggestions made.


From the first baseboard building day during February 2009, it only took four weeks to have all baseboards constructed and fitted together.


By mid-May 2009, all baseboards have folding legs, are bolted together as a layout and have a test track laid on it.


In August 2009, track plans have been produced using computer software and printed in full size to allow marking up for track positions.


The laying of both OO gauge and N gauge tracks was an extended exercise over many weeks which began with cork bases to each board.


As Christmas 2009 approached there was good progress on the track laying and work on the fiddle yards needs steady hands.


Into February 2010 and wiring was underway. A deadline of a fully working layout by the Open Day in April was still a big challenge.


Less than two weeks to the first Open Day test trains were much in evidence and problems were being identified and resolved.


Six months after the 2010 Open Day and scenery prototypes spanning N and OO tracks were being tested.


A few weeks before the 2011 Open Day and this town scenery on the OO side looks almost complete.


The OO scenic side has been remodelled with a more extensive High Street that many members made up from Scalecenes kits.


An N gauge shunting yard has been created with connection to main running lines, and a new bay platform.


The N gauge yard was put to good use at Bognor in June 2014.

Members' Layouts

The layouts below belong to individual members of the club and represent a range of scales and locations. For each layout there is a short description and three pictures to give an idea of the scope and quality. If you would like more information or to book one of these layouts for your exhibition please contact the club secretary.

Haven Hill

Haven Hill is a layout designed to show what can be done with the larger On30 scale in a small space. The viewing area is just 4ft x 2ft with a continuous run and fiddle yard, depicting 1940s America. The locomotives and some wagons are from the Bachmann Spectrum range, weathered and with adjustment to the wheels to aid running on the small radius track. Other rolling stock has utilised wood or plastikard built onto standard OO chassis with modified couplings.


Crawley Yard

An N gauge layout of 8 by 2.5 feet this is based on the yard on the main London to Brighton line as it was around 2012. The layout is built to the West Sussex N Gauge standards with a 4 track 3 rail main line at the front and the yard behind. The buildings are scratch built and based on the actual location centered on the Aggregate recycling and cement works. The layout is DCC controlled.


Sturminster Halt

An N gauge layout based on Sturminster Newton in Dorset on the Somerset and Dorset line as it was before closure in 1966. The scenic area is around 7 feet long and the overall layout is 8 by 2 feet. The layout is DCC controlled with a laptop used for point and route control. Most of the rolling stock is weathered with the occasional sound fitted visitor.


The Garden Party

Fun layout for children depicting a garden layout in N gauge, mainly running Thomas trains. This includes a fancy dress party and a barbecue. All the figures are toys and the garden has been made with plastic and silk flowers from a garden centre. All on a 2 x 4 foot board, it looks very 'busy' but children love it.