Quality Street — 0/16.5mm Gauge
I like to make model railways which are
‘different’ and interesting for both the public and layout operators.
Hopefully this one is no exception. It is a chocolate factory.
Each day the workers arrive by train. Once they have had their morning
cuppa, the raw ingredients are delivered by train – milk, coco powder and
the various fillings. Although the factory can make eight different
types of chocolate, production is limited to five each day, and they are all
distributed by train. So the railway shunter has first to load the
five chocolates into the correct wagons. Once this has been done, the five
wagons have to be sorted into the correct order for distribution. This
can be quite challenging as shunting can only take place within the factory
yard. Once the train is assembled it departs, followed by the empty
ingredient wagons, then the workers go home in their passenger train.
Railway modellers may recognise the track plan;
it is a variation on the well known ‘Inglenook Sidings’. In my case it
is modelled as a narrow gauge railway, with much of the rolling stock being
recycled and modified items from my standard gauge layouts. It is also
my first attempt at using Kadee magnetic couplings to avoid a big hand
appearing from the sky to uncouple the wagons.
This exhibition is the layout’s first public
appearance, so I hope everything works!
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