|. Sandcliffe Junction .|
Junction - Midge & Dave Grassing
Sandcliffe Junction owes itself to no particular time or place, but we like to think of it as a series of dioramas held together by a railway. Apart from two small Wills huts all structures are scratch-built, mainly of featherboard and clay. Cliffs are dense foam covered with bandages and plaster which are then scribed. Roof tiles are postcards, cut and individually laid by hand, which is laborious but well worth the effort.
In the rural scene the lock is animated, operating over a two minute sequence using real water. Each diorama has at least one animated feature: a donkey engine in the quarry, a car which has gone off the road, a gate being welded in the scrap yard and a fire glowing in the forge.
Locomotives are mainly scratch-built from kits with a few RTR units. Rolling stock is mostly of kit construction available from specialised dealers. Track is Peco 9mm narrow gauge, the points being operated by American slowmo point motors.
Points to look for are the "Scrumper", the cat, the two foxes, nesting and resting birds, rabbits, a badger, a hedgehog, herons and many other items. The quarry is modelled on Pit No. 4 at Swanscombe, Kent, found in a photograph of 1939. The round canal toll house was found on the Severn and Thames canal.
Published by Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
This page not in a frame? Go to www.ngrail.co.uk