This layout is being developed to give members the opportunity to try out new techniques and learn new skills which they can re-use on their own layouts.

The layout is 4mm scale with two loops and a freight line. The layout can be controlled by analog DC controllers or by digital DCC control.

There are 20+ points on the layout and these are controlled by the CBUS messaging system developed by members of the Model Electronic Railway Group (MERG).

Each week a number of members get together to progress the layout and the postings below summarise what is being done.

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Purleigh’s Progress.

I’ve Finished – 13th February

The wagon works saga continues, a keypad bezel is printed, the mimic panel wiring is complete and Malcolm C declares the viaduct open.

Modelling for Men – 30th January

Bad news for the oldies this week - access to the well is goping to be on hands-and-knees as Malcolm C makes the viaduct a permanent feature. Meanwhile Richard was working on the wagon works and Malcol H on the station mimic panel.

Station Mimic Panel – 16th January

Malcolm H continued to wire the switches and LED lights on the new version of the station mimic panel. The tracklaying and model making teams were on furlough.

Foundations – 9th January

The main task was building a solid foundation for the viaduct and its associated scenics. Work on the station mimic panel continued. Some modellers liked the door; others bemoaned the lack of handles and hinges!

2nd January – Mind the Gap

Most of the effort was expended trying to get the viaduct correctly positioned and good progress with a new building for the wagon works.

12th December – Precipice

The viaduct track needs to accurately align with the track on the baseboard and that involved much discussion and preparation.

Photographs of the Purleigh Layout Under Construction

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