These layouts are individual, non-modular layouts available for exhibition    

Lyme Regis        Sturminster Halt        Woodhampton        Barry Scrapyard/Turntable Yard

Norvic Downs      Chrilvinton Road        Rixtimin       Staffordshire Potteries



The N Gauge layout represents the line that ran from Axminster to Lyme Regis. It passed over Cannington Viaduct which settled during construction, hence the Jack arch at one end. Most of the line was actually in East Devon, apart from Lyme Station in West Dorset 250’ above sea level half mile from the coast. The single platform (300’ long) could accommodate five carriages. The goods yard comprised three sidings and a goods shed. At the other end was an engine shed. The line had switchback curves. Combpyne Station was the only intermediate stop on the line which provided a passing place, together with a small cattle dock, later on a camping coach was also located there.
The layout was originally constructed by a club member Ian Phelps (sadly departed). It was exhibited at our first club show at Hove in 1992. Later it was put into storage with an occasional outing. I took on the task along with other club members to refurbish the layout. Some track was relayed. It is as they say ‘a work in progress’ but much improved.
The layout is available for Exhibitions. Please contact Phil Lovesay, West Sussex N Gauge. 01273 410297.
It is approximately 8ft x 7ft with two main viewing sides, Station and Cannington Viaduct.

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Sturminster Halt at East Grinstead show March 2015

Busy day at the station

The layout is based on Sturminster Newton station on the Somerset and Dorset line north of Blandford in the Stour Valley. The layout is set in the final decade before the line closed in 1966. The next station south Shillingstone is preserved and now forms the base for the Shillingstone Railway Project Shillingstone railway project
At this time the range of motive power consists of 4F, 7F, Black 5’s and the standard BR classes 3MT, 4MT, 5MT and 9F’s. West Country’s, Pannier Tanks, Colletts and other engines are occasional visitors many of these are available as models along with an increasing range of coaches. 
Sturminster Newton station was opened in 1863 as part of the Dorset Central Railway. The station was on a single line section and the station had two platforms which are staggered with a dip on the up side to allow passengers and staff to easily cross to the down platform. The main station buildings and 16 lever signal box were on the up platform with a small shelter on the down platform. The Yard included a cattle dock, pig pens, goods shed and offices as well as a bay for the Blandford and Webb warehouse and a passing loop. 
The layout is based on an 8 by 2 foot base with the scenic area around 7 feet by 18 inches. Information boards are fitted at the front and control is undertaken from the back. A table is required for stock and enough room for 2 operators at the rear or side.
The layout is DCC operated and currently operated using either Gaugemaster DCC and Java Model Railway Interface (JMRI) or Hornby Railmaster software and eLink for the power. The laptop has a full mimic panel which controls the six routes for each fiddleyard road and the main routes through the station. The points are all controlled by Cobalt point motors with attached accessory decoders which are fed from the DCC track supply. See GRC Railways

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Woodhampton is a fictitious place not to be found in the UK. This N Gauge end to end layout has three lines, with a variety of stock, two running into a small fiddle yard. The third line operates on a shuttle where Thomas the Tank Engine and friends trundles up and down. The layout measures 6ft x 15ins and the fiddle yard is 2ft x 8ins. The layout is operated in front of the fiddle yard.           

Contact: Richard Hance   Email:

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Both these n gauge layouts are modular but are often linked together to form a ‘stand-alone’ layout at Exhibitions. Barry Inspired Scrapyard is a reverse corner layout built by Gilly North using non-working locomotives, tenders and brake vans, together with unwanted or broken buildings and track donated by Members of the WSNG. All the stock was heavily rusted and the buildings weathered. A simulated oxy-acetylene torch operates in the dismantling shed. It has featured in Model Rail (July 2017) and the N Gauge Journal (6/14) and believed to be unique. It is based in a sandpit. Peter North built the corner DCC steam Turntable Yard featuring the automated ADM stepper turntable. Each of these layouts can be shown separately, but complement each other when linked together and attract considerable interest at Exhibitions. The overall dimension is 8ft x 3ft and access is required by two operators at the rear.
                                                                                                                                          Gilly North               Peter North 

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Norvic Downs Terminus

Norvic Downs is a fictitious area in the Eastern Region of the rail network. There is much to see in this DC operated N gauge layout. The terminus station and goods yard are on the hill above the centre of the village where you will find the parish church, a small number of shops and the busy village station serving the neighbouring area. Just outside the village there is a coal depot and other small industrial buildings. On the downs above the layout see the restored, but not working now, windmill and the new house that is being built. One of the builders is taking time to read his paper in the site’s loo while his mate who is caught short has to use a tree! The layout has a reverse loop and is operated by a Gaugemaster model Q controller.
Layout size 4ft x 3ft and is operated from the right hand end. The overall space required 8ft x 6ft Contact:

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Chrilvinton Road

Overall Layout

Local Goods arrives

Local DMU waits

Overall Layout at Shoeburyness Model Railway Show

Chrilvinton Road depicts one of those typical small GWR branch lines connected to main line just south of Turo. Due to disputes with the local landowner the station was built about 1 mile from the village.
With the GWR’s generous schemes freight was always the main stay of the branch with animals always on the move to market. After the 1950s the car and the lorry soon took away the passengers and the freight so the branch closed in 1963.
The layout represents the twilight years of operation with both GWR and BR engines providing the motive power. The village fair is in full swing raising funds for the castle’s upkeep and a local diary is operating from the old factory site.
The name ‘Chrilvinton’ comes from…….. well you will just have to ask one of the operators!!
Contact: Kevin Leggett email:                                      Chilverton Road Description                      Chilverton Road Information Sheet

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Rixtimin was originally planned to be a layout using only Minitrix stock from the 1970's to 1990's. This changed when the option was taken to build as a DCC layout. The cost and difficulty of converting the locomotives to DCC made using modern Farish & Dapol stock more workable. I kept the name. It depicts a fictitious scene at the end of steam and begining of the diesel era. The layout measures 8 feet by 3 feet and at this moment in time needs 4 feet of operating space behind the layout, making a requirement of 8 feet x 7 feet. Viewing side is one side only. There is a plan to add a new fiddle yard that would take it to 8 feet square. This layout is available for exhibitions as a stand alone layout. It is built to be part of the WSNG modular layout. It is designed as a two operator layout, but can be operated solo. If you would like this layout at any show, please email Nigel Appleton at
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Staffordshire Potteries

This model sets out to display a working Staffordshire Pottery prior to modernisation. It features smoking bottle kilns, an open cast mine, cramped housing adjacent to the works, and a funeral as life expectancy was short. It has featured in Model Rail. It can be displayed alone, or in conjunction with ‘Barry Inspired Scrapyard’ and/or ‘Turntable Yard’.  Contact Gilly North

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