The following section contains "pre-digital" photos and I hope they do not
deter your enjoyment of this section.
The dream started to materialise in the garage of our previous residence in Northamptonshire during the spring of 1999. The station throat, the TMD and its associated fuelling and stabling roads are beginning to take shape. Two of the three main boards had been constructed and are a total of eleven feet in length here. The third and final board was constructed at a later time and place and eventually went to make up the full seventeen foot length of the layout.
Spaghetti Junction - eat your heart out!!!
Two of the three control panels had been constructed. All the toggle switches (for the power & isolating sections) plus the studs (for the control of the turn-outs) had been wired to their appropriate connections under the base boards. All wires are colour coded for ease of fault finding.
A "staged" setting and recorded for posterity (and this website!) All stock visible is from both LIMA and HORNBY (if my memory and eyesight serves me well!!) The main lines through the station had, at that stage, been ballasted with Woodland Scenics. This photo was taken from above the station and looking across the throat to the fuelling and stabling roads of the TMD.
Again a "staged" photo, but this time taken from the opposite side of the layout from photo three. By this time, part of the TMD lines had been ballasted and some of the platform and lineside detailing had been started.
A slightly different angle for photo five and some stock movement from the last photo. Some of the switches for the two and three aspect colour light signals from the Berko range can be spotted. These will eventually be housed in the "cutaway" Stroley Signalling Centre which was scratch-built in the warmth and comfort of indoors during the winter.