Little Mill Junction - a P4 layout proposal
A New Project
After a series of minor meetings amongst the membership, it has been felt that it is time to start thinking of a new layout for the club to build in P4.
One evening the Chairman came charging into the clubroom, full of vim and vigour - strange behaviour for a cricket lover - holding a copy of the Great Western Journal in his hand. Having thrust said journal into my hand and told to read the article on Little Mill Junction. This area, by the way, is just some seven miles from my home, so, I read...and the same light that had dawned on Dave suddenly turned on in me!
From there it was merely a question of time before this fledgling came before the membership to see if it had enough merit to be turned into a reality...the rest, as they say, is history.
The above link will take you to a progress page...if you're interested!
What are we aiming for?
The layout will:
- Be built in 4mm/ft scale to Protofour standards, the trackwork reflecting BR(WR) practice.
- Represent the track plan, elevations, and topography of Little Mill Junction and its immediate environs as they were in [season to be specified] 1955 as accurately as possible within the space constraints available (39’ x 10’???).
- Allow the operation of prototypical length trains (within the space constraints available) at scale speeds emulating prototype operations.
- Operate rolling stock appropriate to the location and the period 1952 to 1958/1962.
- Operate as closely as practicable the working timetable of a weekday in May 1955 (the period prior to the closure of the Monmouth branch to passenger traffic).
- Incorporate full signalling and interlocking
- Allow the operation of trains and other equipment using DCC techniques.
- Incorporate lighting facilities
- Be designed for exhibition.
- (at an exhibition) only operate rolling stock that has been checked, tested and certified as reliable by the NMRS CME (yet to be appointed).
What's it going to be like?
Well, its the double track mainline that ran from Newport up to Hereford, Salop and beyond. So there are expresses (Manchester- Plymouth), more local stuff (Hereford - Cardiff) and the workmans trains for the factory at Glascoed on the branch. With freight in both directions, fitted and unfitted, and parcels trains too, there's plenty to run through. Plus the yard was used as a sub-yard of Pontypool Road in the down (to Newport) direction, So freights would stop, reverse into the sidings, exchange traffic and depart, giving plenty of activity (or scope for cock-ups, depending on how things are going).
That's the idea, but there's plenty of stock required, plus all the baseboards to build so we'd best get cracking.
For fuller information see the original inspirational article from the
|Great Western Journal No. 65 Page 51|
To give a little more background there is a brief history in Word
The following file is a proposed track diagram and is a good representation of what Little Mill looked like, though there has been some space saving, largely with the number of sidings within the yard itself. So, how big is this to be? Well, we are hoping that the front scenic section will be 38 feet long, with a five foot radius curve to the holding sidings at the back of the layout. We want to run full length trains through a stretch of countryside, with the added interest of activity on the Glascoed branch and the yard itself.
Little Mill track diagramv2.doc
Google map LM.doc
Little Mill todayA series of photos taken in March 2009 showing what is there.
There are more shots and in higher resolution available from Dave Hagger.
What research is being carried out?
We have 1959 freight and passenger working timetable of the area and these are being combined into one spreadsheet to understand the workings, to, from and through Little Mill.This has been changed in its format to make it easier to work with. The original worksheet is still there but the new version has been transposed. A booklist also features and some train makeup has been added.
We are also planning field surveys of the area as many of the original features are still present. Photos need taking and measurements made to ensure prototypical accuracy.
We're contacting former staff (if you used to work at LMJ or know somebody who did then please contact us).
We've also completed some preliminary work on identifying actual consists of trains that ran through Little Mill, again this file will grow over time as we add to our knowledge.
We are asking for help with this project - it would be foolish of us to think that we can do this without it - so, if you are willing to help, in any way, be it information gathered or imparted or help on the layout build itself we would love to hear from you. There is a list of contacts on this website or you can add an entry to the Little Mill Junction section of the Discussions area. All future developments on this exciting project will be updated from this page.