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Features: Shelvington, 'P4', 1970s

Published 24 September 2019, 10:47

This 4mm scale, ‘P4’ gauge terminus layout models BR’s Southern Region in the late 1970s and early 1980s when BR blue and grey were the dominant rolling stock colours.

Shelvington and Rydes Hill is set in West Surrey at the end of an electric line branching off the Portsmouth Direct from Worplesdon. There is a diesel only branch back to Guildford completing the third leg of the triangle, though this was reduced to a single track in the 1950s.

The layout uses Digital Command Control and includes a number of sound fitted DEMUs. The rolling stock is typical of the area and period and covers Class 205, 206 ‘Tadpole’ and 207 ‘Thumper’ units as well as a mixture of EMUs working on the electrified line. There are also Class 33s and 73s working push-pull and engineering trains together with railtours and test workings.

All images: Chris Nevard

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