CARDWELL

Cardwell Station
Cardwell Station

THE SCENE

Cardwell represents a small terminal station somewhere in northern Britain where a passenger service still operates, whilst some freight traffic is also retained serving industrial sidings.

Diesel multiple units usually work the passenger service, although steam may make an appearance on occasions.

Trackplan
Cardwell Trackplan

THE MODEL

Cardwell is a compact one-man operated layout that could possibly fit comfortably at home.  The idea behind this layout was that one person could transport and operate it single-handed.  This is achieved on two boards, each five feet long. 

Cardwell Goods Yard
Cardwell Goods Yard

CONSTRUCTION

Buildings are mainly scratch built with the station building being a model of the former Barassie station.

The model is built to ‘OO’ standards, using Scaleway track and hand built turnouts.  The number of these is minimised by the use of a double-slip at the station throat and by a sector plate off-stage.  Turnouts are manually operated, using the rod-in-tube method, with micro-switches used to change crossing polarity.   The rest of the railway system is represented by hidden sidings running along the rear of the layout. 

Whilst a simple design, Cardwell has considerable operating potential when operated correctly.  Marshalling freight trains so that incoming and outgoing wagons are in the right places requires some serious thought at times.

Rolling stock is varied but usually includes numbers of kit built wagons with Sprat & Winkle couplings which greatly enhance the shunting movements.

Class 25 passing the weighbridge
Class 25 passing the weighbridge