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The Tramway is a small layout (80cm wide and 122cm long). It is designed to keep the operator and audience interested for the longest time possible. May that be 1 minute or 10, I still want the Audience to stay longer. I will never be happy with this layout. I will always want to add 1 bulb here, three fireworks here. (I nearly picked up some scale fireworks at an exhibition on 28th and 29th of February but they were only small LEDS so I didn't bother). We also needed a much smaller layout than it's sister layout, The Peak District Railway. So the Tramway was born
I always like a bit of variation from your standard layout, so I'm always looking for new ideas to improve the layout. I quite like lit layouts, so you could turn the light off and still see the layout. Once a kit has been purchased or given to me, it gets stuffed in one of two draws with lots of things that I think may come in handy. It usually will sit in there for a good few months until I remember the kit existed and then I build it. This stops anyone from using the table for the next day or two, annoying the rest of the family. (Recognise the situation?) When I find some suitable LEDS, I finish it. In the meanwhile it sits by my TV or in the draws. Then I eventually find a spot for it when I do a sudden burst of scenery making. I always make a house accessible by leaving the roof off; so if a bulb blows, I can easily change it. The only downside is that the roofs must be stored separately but this seems the best option and turns a good layout into a very good layout.
The tramways name is derived from the fact that it was only intended to be a tramway. However it soon evolved into what it is now planned to be. The tramway is situated in Whaley Bridge and it seems a logical choice since Whaley Bridge has a good railway history and it is the location of an Aunts home.
The narrow gauge line is yet to be completed and is completely fictional. The W.B.L.R. (narrow gauge) line moves all kinds of things to the standard gauge. It uses a rake of tippers with there hoppers not glued in place. They are driven up a ramp and the flanges of the hopers hit a piece of card painted like metal, which forces them to turn onto their sides and drop their contents into the awaiting standard gauge wagon. The standard gauge line does have some history since a railway line was in place to move freight around the Peak District; this consisted of several inclines one of which is modelled on the other part of the layout. The Tramway is not just an ordinary layout but also one that is by far different from the rest. It does not just boast both narrow gauge but standard gauge as well. When complete such a small layout will have such a large crowd.
The tramway is designed to be controlled by the audience. This is done so that there is a button on the front of the layout, which is pressed once to start the tram, and pressed again to stop the tram at the next tram stop. The operator also has a copy this button on the control panel. The operator may also temporally deactivate this button so the tram stops and stays on the tram stop while other operations take place. It's easier to understand when you have operated the tramway for a few minutes!
The Tramway directly
links The P.D.R (Peak District Railway).
It links where the standard gauge line runs right up to the edge of the board
in the fiddle yard. It will eventually run over the edge of the board and through
a tunnel on to the rest of the layout. The two are completely separate from
each other apart from this single piece of track, which will be wired so you
can't have two controllers controlling that piece of track at one time.
Layout made and presented to you by: Geraint
Owners Age: 11
Layout Name: The Tramway
Size: 122cm by 80cm
Modelled Location: Whaley Bridge (very near Buxton)
The Peak District