O gauge - 7mm scale layout built by Tony Collins.
The layout is now looked after and exhibited by the club.
A highly fictitious and improbably small rural GWR branch line terminus somewhere between Falmouth and Truro. The village of Frogpool actually exists and in reality is served by the railway a couple of miles away at Perranwell which is on the Truro to Falmouth branch line. The layout was built by Tony Collins, a member of the club, as an exercise in minimum space but with a track plan that requires considerable thought when marshalling rolling stock. The buildings are based on the following prototypes: Station on ‘Adelstrop’ plans from “GWR Country Stations” by Chris Leigh; Signal Cabin on ‘Burghclere’ from a photograph in “Didcot, Newbury and Southampton Railway” by Kevin Robertson and Roger Simmonds; Large Lamp Room and Store on ‘Tetbury’; Lamp Hut on ‘Lambourn’; Goods Shed on ‘Hemyock’; Bridge on ‘Fairford’; all these from plans and photographs in “Great Western Branch Line Termini” by Paul Karau. Other items are based on no particular prototype. Although the layout is wired to run conventionally it now possesses the option of being operated with Digital Command Control (DCC) with locomotives enhanced with steam sound.
Automatic, Sprat & Winkle couplings have been fitted recently. Eliminating much frustration and bad language.
-The layout is 4.3 metres long (including the 15cm sector plate overhang) x 0.45 metres wide.(14 feet x 18 inches) and requires a 1 metre (3feet 3 inches) deep operating space on the operating side
-The layout can also be operated in its original form, without the centre board, as an example of minimum space ‘O’ Gauge (2.85 metres long x 0.45metreswide).
-Layout is self supporting on trestles and has a lighting pelmet.
-A 6ft x 2ft table is required for storing off the layout stock.
-Feed from one 13amp socket is required
-No special transport requirements
-4 operators with third operator answering questions from public and acting as relief operator.
Track laid and wired in new goods yard. Main buildings positioned to check clearances etc.