'Heaton Lodge Junction': 200ft giant to expand

11 May 2023
Viewed by thousands of visitors the last two years, the UK's biggest layout in 'O' prepares for scenic additions.

'Heaton Lodge Junction'  – the giant 200ft long O gauge layout in 7mm:1ft scale is expected to get better with a new marshalling yard fitted to the rear. The new scenes are expected to take around 12-14 months to complete.

Owner Simon George commented: "Whilst the prototypical scenic side will remain much the same, work is about to start on creating new scenes on the 150ft fiddle yard at the other side. This area of the layout has always been very popular with visitors and it offers a blank canvas to model something industrial.”

Simon continues: “As well as being doubled in size widthways, the fiddle yard will now become a fully operational marshalling yard complete with one metre high lighting towers.

Heaton Lodge Junction extension Simon George

Already cameo-filled, modifications to the 200ft-long layout will see its scenic area almost double in size. 

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"We’re also adding a near scale size coal-fired power station loosely based on Eggborough in Yorkshire. Three huge three-metre high cooling towers will be the most striking feature of the new scene, plus a working merry-go-round coal train unloading facility, a large motive power depot and a nearby main road complete with moving vehicles."

Heaton Lodge Junction extension Simon George

Heaton Lodge Junction trackplan drawn by Simon George. The scenic development will take place to the lower half of the plan.

Ben Jones, UK Representative of Danish model railway manufacturer Heljan, which sponsors ‘Britain’s Biggest Model Railway’, added: “We can’t wait to see these new scenes come to life. The marshalling yard and loco depot will add even more activity and interest while the power station will be an awesome demonstration of what a skilled and dedicated railway modeller can achieve. They are the perfect showcase for Heljan’s superb range of O gauge models, which have proved their quality over thousands of hours running on 'Heaton Lodge Junction'.”

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