MACHANHILL

Machanhill Station
Machanhill Station

THE SCENE

Machanhill is an ‘OO’ gauge fictitious layout representing the termination of passenger services on what is predominately a freight only branch line.  The station is named Machanhill, the freight terminus Machan and the motive power depot Millheugh .

THE MODEL

The model consists of six baseboards forming a shallow “U”.  The station building is modelled on Strathaven, although the layout itself is modelled on nowhere in particular.  The mixture of freight and passenger traffic makes for interesting operation, particularly when the rolling stock is fitted with “Sprat and Winkle” couplings for hands-off shunting.

The period displayed is the transition from steam to ‘green’ diesel, reflecting the stock from club members.

Machanhill Station
Machanhill Station

CONSTRUCTION

Each baseboard is constructed from 2.3/4” X 3/4” [70 X 19 mm] dressed pine making up and “L girder” frame topped off with 3/8” [10 mm] Sundeala.  Peco streamline track, on a cork track bed, has been used with predominately large radius turnouts.

All buildings and scenery are scratch built, with much kit built rolling stock in operation.  Rolling stock which is not kit built, has been modified to take “Sprat and Winkle” couplings.

For full operation of the model, two persons are required, one of whom oversees the fiddle yard, which consists of a turntable holding up to ten trains on five pairs of tracks.

When used in conjunction with Machan and the turntable, the overall running length is approximately 43 feet [13 metres].  With the addition of Millheugh, the running length is increased to about 58 feet [17.7 metres]


The layout had to be left behind in 2005 when the club was forced to move premises.