Based loosely on the LMR Croxley Green Depot our layout attempts to capture some of the key elements of the area just south west of Watford, in the 1960 – 1985 period. We have an interest in the DC North London Lines, as well as links with another North London Line Layout, therefore this project seemed a natural progression and allowed us both to indulge ourselves in some nostalgia.
The Layout consists of 3 key elements-
Wiggenhall Road Shed – is the road that the LMR Croxley Green Depot was located on and is a very much cut down version of the Croxley Green Shed, however the stock is principally as the per the BR shed Class 501’s EMUs, 2 4-Car 1938 Tube trains, a former LMS 3-car EMU and some other EMU’s with links to this area. The depot is accessed by trains reversing in from the headshunt on the truncated former Rickmansworth London Road branch in a similar way to the BR Croxley Green Depot.
Croxley West Station – is a based on a cross between Croxley Green and Watford West stations and is served by an infrequent service provided EMUs, however DMUs regular feature as there is shortage of 501s some of which are currently being “worked on” in the BREL Maidenhead Workshops; however unlike the LMR Croxley Green service we do not run replacement taxis. There is also a single short freight siding at Croxley West, which does see a variety of traffic
A Small Oil Terminal – which serves the local Power Station and trip workings to this depot are remarkably frequent!
An extension to the layout is currently being built and this will comprise of 2 sides of the “Croxley Triangle” and viaduct paying home Bushey Arches!
Trackwork is all Peco code 75, 16.5mm gauge. Structures are made from parts of various kits with additional scratch building where required. Control can be either DC or DCC, points are electrically switched. Rolling stock is a mix of RTR, modified RTR and kit built.
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