The Gauge '3' Society - A Company Limited by Guarantee
Registered in England & Wales with Company Number 08174106
Registered Office: Cedar Cottage, Denham Lane, Chalfont St Peter, Gerrards Cross,
Buckinghamshire, SL9 0QQ
The theme of the layout is a small but busy branch terminus, of a type that might
be found on the edge of a large conurbation and having a frequent commuter service
and a flourishing goods traffic.
The period can be anytime from the early 20th Century up to the immediate post-Beeching
era, after which, such a line would most probably have faced the “axe” or, at best,
have been “rationalised” to a long siding, devoid of pointwork and signals and worked
by a dmu shuttle service.
It is primarily based on GWR practice but in practice can be adapted by a change
of buildings and other items, to suit the locos and rolling stock being provide by
the exhibition operators from their own collections.
All turnouts and signals will be powered from a control panel, both for more realistic
operation and to simplify exhibiting with a limited “crew”. The “Megapoints” digital
control system is to be employed, which enables low cost servo motors to be used
as the electro-mechanical component.
The base modules will be be designed to be easily (and quickly) assembled and dismantled
and no individual module will be longer than 1.8 metres, with the majority being
900mm in length, to ease transportation.