I had been thinking of building my own layout for the past 20 years, but finances and other constraints meant it never happened. I had two 4ft x 2ft boards that one of the club members gave me about 10 years ago, these were gathering dust in the house.

Working out the track plan.

The boards are made from a timber frame, with a ply covering the whole board, and covered in its entirety with cork tiles purchased from Amazon.

These come in packs of 9 and were ideal for my needs. They were stuck down with epoxy glue used for laying carpet tiles. Each board is 4 foot long x 2 foot wide.


Track and points are Peco, including a three way point, a double slip and multiple left and right handed points pinned directly on to the cork surface. A hidden fiddle yard with another three way point was use to maximise the storage space at the rear.

It was decided following some conversation with members of my Model railway club that the layout would work best as a DCC layout using an NCE Pro-cab system.

Track laid, on to the ballast.
Plywood added for back scene.
Gaugemaster industrial backscene clipped on and buildings put in place.
Creating the hard standing for the compound.
Fuelling point painted
Backscene fitted, now to blend in with scenery.
The finished article (well a layout is never finished is it)
Control Panel

A traditional style control panel for the points was made in ply with a di-bond panel for the buttons to control the points. Di-bond is a little on the expensive side but does give a solid surface that does not bend and as the track plan is printed directly on to the surface it looks amazing.

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