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Posted in Layout Designs by Rob Chant. (Last activity on Monday, October 14, 2019 at 18:33:00 ADT.)

HO SCALE: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Railway

I have always had great admiration for British modelers, and I am continuously impressed with how much they seem to do with a space, no matter how limited. Some of the scenes depicted on these small layouts are many of my favourite modeled scenes.

Back in November of 2016, I decided to design a UK inspired layout, and settled on a single station design located on the original 86-mile (138 km) long line of the Aberystwith and Welsh Coast Railway. This line was incorporated on July 26, 1861 and opened on July 1, 1863. In August of 1866, the line was absorbed into the Cambrian Railways, but was still active in 2016.

The layout is based on Aberdovey station and harbour which served the seaside resort of Aberdyfi in Gwynedd, Wales. While I did make some attempt to copy the track work, I did take some liberties, especially with the wharf area. The real harbour used small turntables to move cars between almost perpendicular tracks, and I decided to go with something less complicated. I also included industries mentioned in the history of the area that I liked.

While the design is based on a UK prototype, it could easily be used for a New England waterfront scene with a few modifications. Since I believe these smaller, more achievable designs are the future of model railroads, I think this would make a great long term project that could be very manageable.

Track Plan:

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TAGS: Theme: Branch Line Railway, Staging Options: Cassette Staging, Design Feature: Continuous Run Option, Theme: Single Station / Town, Layout Size: Small Layouts, Theme: Waterfront, Other: United Kingdom, British Railways: Aberystwith & Welsh Coast Ry, Types of Industries: Wharves

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