modeller: Don Poulson
‘Clwydsville’ consists of a single continuous oval with passing loops at the front and hidden loop at the rear. A total of 15 electrically operated points are on the layout, and it is all controlled with a Hammant & Morgan ‘Duette’ controller. ‘A’ controls all the layout with the exception of the station tracks. ‘B’ controls just the station tracks. This arrangement allows the reversing loop polarity problem to be overcome.
Locomotive power is entirely steam outline from Peco, Minitrix and Farish. There are 10 locomotives in all, three of which are made up white metal kits on Farish chassis. There are about 12 passenger coaches and about 25 assorted goods vehicles. Most of the locomotives have had their couplings changed from the standard ‘N’ gauge couplings to the Mike Bryant system. These were purchased from the ‘N’ Gauge Society some time ago and provide much more realistic coupling and uncoupling. The system uses strip magnets placed at strategic locations on the track. Some of the rolling stock has also been converted to the Mike Bryant system and these are mainly used at the ends of rakes. All the locomotives have foot plate crews and code lamps on their front buffer beams.
old age doesn’t come alone, and due to certain medical conditions I can
no longer operate the railway. I have therefore donated it to the
Rhyl Model Railway Club for them to use as they see fit. Having met
numerous members of the Club I have no doubts about Clwysdville’s future.
Most probably their ‘experts’ will enhance the layout even more.
I wish them well.
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