Layout Factfile: The Loop
Gauge and scale: O-14 (and ‘O’) Scale 7mm / ft
Time to build: 1 year
Period: Early ‘60’s
Prototype: …..not really….
Location: West Midlands towards the Welsh Borders,
Size: Scenic 5’ x 3’ plus two Fiddle Yards, operated from front
Track: KBScale O-14
Locomotives: Narrow Gauge:
KB Scale Lister
Roy Link Bagnall 0-4-0
Marshall Diesel Wrightlines
Rolling stock: KBScale
Power and control: DCC
The End of The Line is a whimsey based on a small off-stage colliery, where the coal is brought to the standard guage railway for transport elsewhere by a small narrow-gauge line. Unusual for its reversing triangle, the 0-14 line feeds to either a shute into standard guage wagons below, or into a motorised conveyor. This in turn loads radio controlled lorries, which cart the coal off to more local destinations, after having been weighed on the weigh-bridge.
I bought 1:43 scale die-cast models of a Morris Commercial and a Ford Thames, fitted them with motor/gearbox, built steering axles, and fitted them with 2.4Ghz radio control receivers.
The layout has subsequently won a succession of awards at exhibitions.
The excellent photos below are by Chris Nevard