Nick Salzmans Layout - Bagborough West
Bagborough West is built and operated
by Nick Salzman and is to 3mm scale 21mm [Broad] gauge
The Broad gauge era of the Great Western Railway lasted from its opening in
1838 until its demise in May 1892. This is a fictitious terminus of a branch
of the Bristol and Exeter Railway in Somerset. Lord Bodger, the local landowner
and entrepreneur put up the vast majority of the money needed to build this
line in order to have his own access to the railway. He had his own private
saloon and took his horse and carriage with him when he travelled. He may be
found around the station in his distinctive top hat.
This layout has been built as an exercise in modelling the Broad Gauge in 3mm scale. The track and wheel standards are the same as those used for fine scale but to a gauge of 21mm. All the stock is hand-built with some modification of standard gauge kits. The track is constructed using Broad Gauge Society 4mm scale bridge rail soldered to copperclad sleeper strip. The railway buildings are models of Broad Gauge prototypes. The station building is from Watchet on the West Somerset line, the goods shed is from Henley-on-Thames and the engine shed is based on a picture of the original one from Watchet.
I hope that I have invoked the spirit and flavour of the Victorian railway era as epitomised by the Broad gauge of Isambard Kingdom Brunel
Size 9' x 2’ with space for operating (allow
12' x 3' minimum please).
Power requirement 1 x 13amp Insurance value £5000-00
Travel costs Petrol 1 car Number operators 2
Viewing from the front. Operated from front and right hand side
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