Builder: Peter Blay
I was encouraged to enter the challenge by my wife, who shares my liking for “small” layouts. The only constraint she placed on the entry was that it should be made without purchasing any additional items
Inspiration for the entry came from a visit to the Leighton Buzzard Narrow Gauge Railway where a demonstration line showed a train of hoppers emptying sand to be picked up by a shovel and loaded into waiting trucks
My aim was to produce a mini-layout rather than a pure diorama
Rokeby is 009, a gauge I use for my “main” layouts
Construction of the layout started with a basic foam board frame. I raised the base by about an inch to allow for location of some electrics, so that the layout could be powered to add an extra layer of interest
The track is Peco flexitrack which was secured to the board with PVA. Due to the tight curve on the upper track it was pinned in place until the glue had set
Scenery was constructed using standard methods – mod-roc and flock.
The sand was simulated using a material designed for use to create mortar for dolls houses
A key feature is the steam shovel. This is a plastic kit of an Erie shovel, made by Highway Miniatures
The buffers are Peco items to which I added lamps with LEDs linked to the power in the respective tracks
Power can be provided from my trusty Hornby controller – which can be plugged in to a connection point under the layout.