Warley Model Railway Club
Railway modelling in most scales and gauges
Warley Model Railway Club, Unit 1F Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands, B69 2RA
Registered as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) Charity No: 1153792
00 layout for the younger set
Every year the Warley Show information desk fields at least one question from a grown up accompanied by children – “Is there a Thomas layout and where is it?”
Our original TtT was built many years back and whilst it was compact and served its purpose we felt the time had come to replace it.
Why Awdry St Nicolas? Awdry in memory of the man who first put pen to paper and St Nicolas is the name of the parish church of King’s Norton where he was based at the time.
We decided that something simple was the order of the day and thus this 4 track circuit was built whose sole purpose is to let as many children as possible enjoy the excitement of model railway operation. You will notice that it is lower than most exhibition layouts and whilst it gave us back ache during the building, we feel it was worthwhile as it is the right sort of height for the younger operator.
Who knows, driving one of our trains could be the first rung on the ladder of a hobby which has many facets – railways; woodworking; electrics and electronics; artistic design and of course computer control!
Having had its first outing at the 2012 NEC show, it soon became obvious that kids being kids, high speed running was a real problem. The actual problem is that with different locos having different motors there was no easy way to reduce the maximum speed. Back at the club, a brain-
8ft square -
4 circuits, 4 controllers DCC Ezee Command
Awdry St Nicolas: 00 Gauge
|Gallery-The Early Years|
|Gallery - After Harry Mitchell|
|Gallery - Pearsall Drive|