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Dorking and District Model Railway Club

Bardsley (00 Gauge)

The layout, which is one of our members personal layouts, is set in the 1960s to 1970s period and is a bit of a mixture of BR Southern Region and diesel from the same era but not necessarily the same region. Having abandoned an earlier part finished DC GWR layout, I was in a position to start with pretty much a blank canvas. The decision was taken to bring together my two interests of railway modeling and anything IT by opting for full DCC control of the layout - locos, points, lights, the lot run controlled by PC and wireless handhelds (tablet/phone). Hornby Railmaster/eLink was chosen as the DCC package as it allowed all of this together with the use of programming, such as automated station announcements, background sounds and route planning, an area which I am only just beginning to see the power of. Although very much a DCC entry solution, it has served me well so far although the lack of loco detection may be a stumbling block in the future. Sound has also been incorporated into some of the stock where appropriate.

Trackwork is Peco code 75 with large radius points used throughout motorised with Seep PM4 motors (and one Peco) and controlled via DCC Concepts ADSfX decoders, which I cannot recommend highly enough. Peco 3rd rail has been installed on all the layout apart from the TMD. Where appropriate, signals (which are a mixture of kit built Eckon 2 aspect colour lights and some generic ground signals) are linked to the points though not always following absolute prototypical practice. Two separate busses are incorporated, one for DCC (rated at 4A) and the other for 12v lighting (2A). The layout measures 17' by 19" with a station at one end, a diesel traction depot at the other and a couple of hidden sidings behind the depot to act as a storage/fiddle area. Between the two ends over which the railway is a canal with a road overbridge just before the TMD to conceal the entry to the storage tracks. The storage may be converted to removable cassettes if the layout ever enters the exhibition circuit. This configuration has the advantage of hiding all the "working areas" of the layout from the audience whilst at the same time maximising the scenic area.

Rolling stock so far is:

Heljan Class 128 - with sound (DC Kits/Loksound 4)
Bachmann Class 108 DMU, 2 car - with sound (DC Kits/Loksound 4)
Hornby Class 08 - with sound
Bachmann Class 411 CEP, 4 car
Heljan Railbus W&M
Bachmann Class 416, 2 car
Hornby 2-BIL
Sutton Locomotive Works Class 24 - with sound (Zimo with SLW sound )
Bachmann Class 208 Thumper - with sound (DC Kits/Loksound 4)
Heljan Class 33 - with sound (DC Kits/Loksound 5)
Bachmann Class 419 MLV


  • Postal Depot and Brewery focus stack
  • Road focus stack
  • Shed
  • Signal box focus stack
  • Station and Water Tower focus stack
  • Station focus stack 2
  • Station focus stack
  • TMD focus stack
  • TMD Night focus stack
  • TMD Photo stack
  • Track Shed focus stack
  • Brewery
  • Canal focus stack
  • Canal focus stacked
  • Focus stacked shed
  • Goods shed focus stack
  • Newspaper Stall focus merge
  • Oil Siding
  • bootstrap slideshow
  • Portacabin focus stack
Postal Depot and Brewery focus stack1 Road focus stack2 Shed3 Signal box focus stack4 Station and Water Tower focus stack5 Station focus stack 26 Station focus stack7 TMD focus stack8 TMD Night focus stack9 TMD Photo stack10 Track Shed focus stack11 Brewery12 Canal focus stack13 Canal focus stacked14 Focus stacked shed15 Goods shed focus stack16 Newspaper Stall focus merge17 Oil Siding18 Parcel Depot focus merge19 Portacabin focus stack20
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