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Features: Bournemouth West, 'OO', 1959-1962

Published 24 September 2019, 14:31

Bournemouth West models the southern terminus of the Somerset and Dorset Railway which closed in 1965. The layout is built to ‘OO’ gauge and is based in the 1959-1962 period.

As well as being the terminus for trains travelling to Bournemouth over the Somerset and Dorset line from Bath it was also the terminus for holiday and cross country traffic from the north and Midlands. It was used as a terminus for London Waterloo trains using the LSWR route. Many of these trains were split at Bournemouth West the other portion going on to Weymouth. Other services operated from here to Salisbury together with push-pull trains to Brockenhurst via Wimborne. All the above plus others are represented on the layout in a sequence lasting some three and a half hours.

Using photographs and drawings we have attempted to portray the station as it was in this period. The layout is built to ‘OO’ finescale standards using C&L track. All points are hand-built. Buildings are, in the main, scratch built. We use a digital control system which allows us to set routes in and out of the station, operate using sound and gives us an automatic uncoupling function - look out for this on the pilots and goods locomotives. Signals are all scratch built and fully operational with slow action and bounce. We will also be operating some of our colleague’s locomotives which are fitted with smoke fully synchronised with the wheel revolutions.

Bournemouth West featured in HM146.

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