This week we are given a peek at John's layout on which scenery plays a big part.
Longwaite – LMS in the late 1930’s
Longwaite is a OO gauge loft based layout – the baseboards were built over 20 years ago and life, work and responsibilities (all the usual excuses) have delayed its completion – hence the name!
This is an entirely fictitious small town on the west coast of Lancashire with access to the WCML. The town is popular in the Northwest as a rather upmarket, small resort which makes up much of its passenger traffic. There is a small port and fishing fleet, a smattering of small light industry and a large RN officer training college. There are direct services to Preston and Manchester with through coaches to other parts of the network.
The layout is an L-shape, terminus to fiddle yard and a harbour branch on boards 12ft 6in by 8ft 6in (width between 2ft and 3ft). Track and points are Peco Code 100 and is wired for analogue DC cab control using two separate controllers one on the control panel and the other handheld.
There is still a considerable amount of work to do - mainly detailing. The yard has structures and clutter to be added, people and vehicles are needed and general weathering remains to be done. More photos and an update in due course.