The 'Empire' project is the Model Railway Club's new EM gauge/4mm finescale layout. The basis of the layout is a small freight only branch-line portrayed in the winter after a moderate fall of snow. However, the layout is designed to be able to reflect a number of different regions, industries and time periods through means of lift out sections.
The layout has featured at two of the "London Festival of Railway Modelling" exhibitions at Alexandra Place configured to show the 'Empire Mills' china clay works somewhere close to St Austell in Cornwall in the late 1960s to early 1970s and British Railways western region diesel-hydraulics will be much in evidence. Other options that are being though about are 'Empire Lane Pit', a small coal mine that might be in Somerset, or Northumberland, or the Midlands, 'Empire exchange sidings', depicting the transhipment area between a narrow gauge network and the standard gauge network, and 'Empire Lines', the exchange point between a War Department and the national rail network in the Second World War – with the lift out sections the possibilities are almost endless for industries, time periods and locations.
The layout is wired to run with either conventional DC or DCC stock. Anyone interested in joining the Empire project should contact us via the website, or come along to Keen House on a Thursday evening.
We're currently working on the wiring. Our next show will be in late Spring 2017. More details to follow!