The history of Bridgebury Gate
The layout was purchased from eBay as a
restoration project in summer 2009.
Overall it measures 4.6m long (15 feet) by 76cm
wide (thirty inches). Construction is a softwood frame and legs
are topped with ply, MDF, chipboard, etc, and with all of this it's quite
Points and track are all Peco, with point remote
control by cap discharge via switches.
The track has been re-ballasted in places with
Gaugemaster ballast, diluted PVA fixing it in place, and assorted
craft paints mixed to weather the rails and sleepers.
KPC controllers provide excellent slow speed
Since being in our ownership, the layout has
had a fair bit of work done on it that you cant even see (such as
a full week spent on the wiring, sorting track faults to get it
all working. Since then, it has had lots of track reworking to
level joins, and additional wiring installed to improve
reliability and increase flexibility.
The scenery is gradually being upgraded as time
permits. Buildings are by Metcalf (card kits), scenic papers are by
Scalescenes, and there's nothing there that you couldn't do
Rolling stock is varied, and probably needs its
own page to cover more fully. There are lots of standard products
from Graham Farish, Dapol, and Peco, with older items from Minitrix
and Lima. Some specialist kit items comes from Worlsey Works, Taylor
Precision Models (TPM), the N Gauge Society, Parkwood, and others.
Some locos have undergone re-sprays by
Mk1resprays, MGC Services, HeritageN, and N'thusiast.
For the future... the fiddle yard really needs
an upgrade. We'd also like to add working signals (with one working
signal already in place - see if you can spot it), improve point
control, and undertake a complete rewiring as everything is currently
squashed into two inch square electrical trunking, making any fault
difficult to find - not much to do then!
Work in 2016 covered some of this, with some
radical rewiring of the control panels and associated under-board
wiring, plus some scenic changes at the back. Operating the layout
is now a bit more complicated but many more train movements can be
carried out at once, making for an even-more busy layout during
The layout also appeared in the October 2016
edition of Railway Modeller, Vol 67 No 792 pp 844-849.