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Stephenson Road

Stephenson Road

The Challenge

Many of you have told us that space for your railway is your biggest challenge. We want to prove its possible to build a layout in a very small space and still make it interesting to operate. Stephenson Road was originally conceived as part of a challenge run by Bassetlaw Model Railway Club – To build a layout in only 300 square inches.

The Solution

A tiny layout but built on two levels. Stephenson Road is the corner of a small goods facility on the outskirts of a North East England city.  An Inglenook shunting puzzle reduced to the bare bones takes up the bottom level and a tramway runs above it. Wagons can be shunted with a purpose, and solving the puzzle in as few moves as possible is always a challenge.

A Tiny Layout

Interesting To Operate

A Testbed For Some New Ideas

Square Inches

wagons

Points

Amazing Result

Kevin Appleby is the man behind Stephenson Road

He had some key objectives:

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An Inglenook shunting puzzle

The puzzle: Assemble a 3 wagon train made up from a choice of 5 wagons. The train must be in the correct order

Test out some new ideas

DCC control from an iPad; points operated by servos; automatic uncoupling

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Quick and easy to build

A project that wouldn’t take too much time away from construction of his 00 gauge loft layout, the Rede Valley Railway

you can follow the progress

Kevin is documenting every stage of the build so you can follow the his progress. You can learn how to design a micro layout, how to build the baseboards, lay the track, and then make it all work electrically.

HOW TO FIT A QUART INTO A PINT POT

BY THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX

Follow Kevin's progress with the layout

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