|. Tidmeric Mineral .|
Minerals Company - Twickenham MRC
This is Twickenham Club's second "Tidmeric" layout, this time as an industrial layout set in the 1950's.
As the prototypes are very small, a true scale gauge of 14mm = 2ft has been chosen. Most of the stock is built from kits either made for 14mm gauge, or having the option of being built to this gauge from the Roy Link or Wrightlines ranges.
Trackwork, however, has to be scratchbuilt. This is Peco 1L 115 X rail spiked to lime wood sleepers made from strip wood 5mm x 1.5mm available from model boat shops. The points are operated by home-made point motors, utilising ex-computer coreless motors, designed to stall at the end of their travel - thus keeping firm pressure on the stock rail. Couplers are "Micro-trains" N scale operated by electromagnets, set to standard N gauge height.
The rocks are all plaster castings made in rubber or Plastocene moulds, painted with Ford car spray paints the dry brushed. The water is clear resin.
You may recognise the strong influence of the prototypes in the crusher (Milltown Quarry on the Ashover), tippler (East Pool Mine on the Cambourne & Redruth Tramway) and trestle (Vale of Rheidol). Even the disused quarry is on loan from the Dinorowic although what a Festiniog signal is doing in Derbyshire is anyone's guess!
Published by Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
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