Welcome to St Agnes

Views of the Layout

Further Views

Map of the “St Agnes”

Operating the “St Agnes”

The Budd Cars

The Transistor Throttles I use

Calculating Scale Speed

Using a Model Lathe 1

Using a Model Lathe 2

Using a Model Lathe 3

Making Searchlight Signals

Ersatz Ground Signals

Making Dummy Signals

MRE “Hints and Tips”

Building my Throttles

Exhibitions and Layouts

Building a Layout in a short time frame

Simple Street Lighting

Simple Cut out Buildings

Canadian Trees

Updated July 2017

My layout represents quite a few miles of main line, two end stations, a branchline, two loco depots and ... well it is all in my imagination just as many larger layouts need a bit of imagination to cope with the selective compression needed. A mile long (1.6 kilometre) passing siding for example would need 66 feet of length (about 20 metres) alone and most of us cannot operate in an aircraft hangar. I operate alone a lot and it is just  great to be able to set a train going while doing other tasks in the shed, or just when I am in need of a bit of stress relief.

I imagine the main station(s) as a division point where cars can be marshalled into trains similarly to that when I lived in Peterborough in South Australia. There were no online industries there and there are not any in my layout yard either but there was a lot of activity including splitting of trains to take into account ruling gradients and "branch traffic" which would probably take a bit more to explain. You can check out the map of the imaginary St Agnes Railway as I envisage it


The actual layout (while not quite to scale) looks like this

Now open the next page and the map page open and this will give you some idea of what happens in an operating session or sequences of operation.

While this is not strictly my timetable it is close to what i do and the operations? ... Well they are as extensive and complex as what i want them to be!!!!

A couple of basic tenets, whatever engines go east must go west next time, same with passenger stock ( the RDCs and Canadian cars) rolling stock can go either way once the cars are in the yard. Many trains are through trains and relatively little wayside work. Anyway enjoy and i hope you follow it