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BEETON HOUGH

By Charles Wheatley
Introduction

Whilst Chapel Junction, our main club layout, served a useful purpose as a running layout for club members, it was never designed to be particularly portable and was really too large to easily dismantle and reassemble for exhibitions.

Some of the section members felt that we needed to raise our profile on the exhibition circuit, and we started to look for a new layout project that could meet the following criteria: -

  • Built to exhibition standard
  • Easily portable, requiring a team of no more than four or five to assemble and operate
  • Interesting to operate and to watch
  • Fully DCC
  • Fiddle yard to terminus configuration.

Researching through prototype station plans we came across New Brighton on the Wirral. This was a reasonably compact track plan, which we felt, given some modifications, could be a good representation of a country terminus. We have since modified the plan further, and the station throat now has more than a suggestion of ‘Minories’ about it.

The area is very loosely set in the outlying region of Wrexham (MR Region), and supposedly links up with the main line near Crewe. The period modeled, will be the early 1960s, giving us the scope to run late steam and early diesel.

Passenger services will connect to Crewe and beyond and will be either 2 - 4 coach loco hauled trains, or the newer 2 car Diesel Multiple Units.

The area modelled is mainly agricultural and outgoing goods traffic will consist of seasonal agricultural produce, livestock (mainly cattle) and milk (still in churns during this period) Incoming there will be some limited coal deliveries, and an occasional consignment of farm machinery.

Why did we choose Beeton Hough as the name? Well, it was suggested by one of our members, on the basis that the layout is ‘off  the beaten track’

The photographs below and at the foot of the article, were taken at a ‘photoshoot’ by several of our members.

 

HOW WE PROGRESSED

 

Spring 2009 - Baseboards Built 

 

Autumn /Winter 2009 - Track laid (Peco code 75)  

Above left; tracklaying begins during the winter of 2009 Above right; some of the team are wiring whilst others get on with the rather tedious job of painting the sides of the rail - early 2010.

 

Spring/Summer 2010 - DCC electrics and DC point controls installed and tested 

Above left; Andy (in some pain) and Roy (did I tread on the mouse?) sort the electrics of the fiddle yard. Right; real progress has been made - the platforms have been fitted and clearance tested.

 

Summer 2010 - Track ballasted  and scenic work underway

Above; With ballasting complete, work has started on modelling the terrain.

 

September 2011 - Beeton Hough goes public!

Beeton Hough’ had its first outing at a small charity exhibition in Upton by Chester over the August Bank Holiday weekend. As it was a local exhibition we were able to involve most members of the section, running a timetable that we designed a few days before the exhibition!



Photographs courtesy of Bernie Williams

After a few hiccups with the DCC controller, things ran surprisingly smoothly. One lesson learned, was that we need to devise an effective uncoupling system.
 

June  2012 - All major work is complete!

Remaining tasks include installing signals, and adding those small details that really bring a layout to life.

Draft plan of Beeton Hough Station

Sept 2013  Signal update

Two Dapol motorised & lit LMS home signals have been fitted in time for the Merseyside Model Railway Society exhibition on Oct 26/27.
These have been wired up and work fine. We just need to blend them into the scenery with some artistic paint work

  http://www.merseysidemrs.co.uk/2013_exhibition.htm

Pictures from an exhibition - not by Mussorgsky!!


December 2014


Taken a while ago when it was about to be photographed for the British
Railway Modelling magazine. The article has now been published and is
in the January 2015 Annual Edition of BRM.

August 2016


Taken at Chester Railway Station during the Station-to-Station event
organised by Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer.

 

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