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Faugham Hill

Faugham Hill consists of four loops split between two upper and two lower levels. Each loop can operate as either DC or DCC as required.

The scenic work is now at quite an advanced stage including both town and country scenes but is far from being finished.

Also under development is a detachable extension, which will be completed to exhibition standard.


This year work has concentrated on getting the extension, Faugham Hill Canal Basin, ready for the Club Exhibition that was held at the Saltney Community Centre on Saturday & Sunday 23/24 September.

To provide illumination an LED lighting rig was made from Aluminium angle, which is quick to erect and dismantle.
This picture shows the assembly before the LED strips were installed.

These pictures were taken shortly before the exhibition and illuminated by the LED strip lights.

These pictures were taken during the exhibition.
The canal and narrow boats attracted a lot of attention.


Faugham Hill is quite well developed now as you can see from these latest pictures taken in March.

The upper and lower levels are quite developed now with many buildings including a station, with an impressive foot bridge, church, shops and terraced houses.

The rural section has been vastly improved with beautiful dry stone walls and a small farm with the obligatory veg patch.

The lower level tunnel approach that goes under the farm hill has been well appointed and the rock face looks good enough to climb.

The upper level boasts an excellent road over bridge with small businesses close by. The retaining wall looks akin to the hanging gardens of Babylon.

A dead siding has been added to great effect showing a disused rail workers carriage.

Continuing the "dead" theme a graveyard has been added next to the church complete with grave diggers.

This is a small part of the extension "work in progess" showing how the lock fits in.

The latest developments showing the canal section with narrow boats, new lych gate, demolition work, new allotments and back ground scenery being built.

End of year round up

A lot of effort has gone into improving the back scenes, the town centre and associated roads.

In particular a very effective 3D backscene has been added.

The allotments are also nearly completed.

A coal yard has been added linking the main loop with the extension and has its own working points and control panel.

The canal section by the lock gates has been improved with a good watery coating and lots of vegetation.

No canal scene would be complete without fishermen, so here they are.


September 2015

The story so far.


December 2014


These plans are of the proposed layout for the extension of 'Faugham Hill', which will be built to exhibition standard. They show a full scale printout laid out on the boards to see how it all fits. John Gresty designed the layout in consultation with other 00 section members and produced the printouts. The centre plan is the latest proposal showing a canal in the Potteries across the front with lock gates on the right and bottle kilns in front of the pottery factory at the rear.


September 2013

As you can see this is a two level layout with the bottom level constructed with code 75 track and the upper level with code 100. There is no link between the two levels. All of the upper level boards can be lifted of if required.
In particular this is needed for the tunnel sections to allow access for any derailments to be rescued.



The upper level is still being constructed and is not wired up yet.

The lower level has been in use for some time now and is being regularly used every Monday.




All of the tracks are switchable between DC and DCC to allow maximum flexibility and the DC hand controller can also be used on any of the tracks.
A control panel and CDU has been fitted to work the lower level points, the solenoid operated motors for which are yet to be fitted.



These plans are of the proposed layout for the extension of 'Faugham Hill', which will be built to exhibition standard. They show a full scale printout laid out on the boards to see how it all fits. John Gresty designed the layout in consultation with other 00 section members and produced the printouts. The centre plan is the latest proposal showing a canal in the Potteries across the front with lock gates on the right and bottle kilns in front of the pottery factory at the rear.

Baseboard Design

The essential criteria for the baseboards' design were:

  • Able to fit in the OO gauge section club room when attached to the main Faugham Hill layout.
  • Each board to be able to fit easily on the back seat of a car to avoid van hire when going to an exhibition.
  • To have foldaway legs to enable quick setup and dismantling.
From these basic criteria the drawings above show the board design in detail.
Altogether three identical boards were built of which two would be fitted to the club room layout and the third would be the fiddle yard when the extension is taken to an exhibition.

Wiring

As loco operation is totally DCC no section switches are needed and the main track power is supplied by just two, 12 SWG wires running the length of all the boards.
Each section of track is connected to the track bus by 18 SWG wire.

Points Control

Seven "Cobalt" slow action point motors have been installed controlled from a switch panel as shown above.
The switch panel is detachable and connected via a 15 pin D connector so it can be used on either side of the layout.
The picture below shows it attached as it would be for exhibition operation.
When a point is switched the active route is indicated by green LEDs.

Loco Control

We are using NCE DCC controllers with a 5 amp booster and two handsets as shown above in their detachable cradles.
There are two network cards connected to allow operation from either side of the layout.
The wiring picture above shows the flat, black DCC network cable which connects the network cards to the booster unit housed under the layout.