Members' Layouts

Zeedijk (HO) - Modelled by Phil Colton

Nederlandse Spoorwegen provide the passenger services so there are a number of blue and yellow trains. However, there are a number of private operators moving freight and there are therefore several interesting liveries.Because freight comes from all over Europe the wagons can be from any country making for some colourful freight trains. The buildings are nearly all built from Dutch kits and are made from plastic, resin or laser-cut card. The station at the left hand end is called Zeedijk, because that is the name of the road which crosses the railway at the level crossing. The station does not exist in real life but I thought it would add to the scene and provide a little more interest both visually and to the train movements. The building is particularly interesting as it is ideal for a small country station and was>designed by the same designer who built the larger Culemborg Station which is the next one up the line.At the right hand end of the layout the railway has risen up to cross the River Maas on a large bridge of which you can see the beginnings

Oosterhout Norder Docken (HO) - Modelled by Phil Colton

I found Oosterhout on a map of the Netherlands and modelled it as a canal dockside just south of the Maas.  I guessed that the waterway was lined with tall 18th century Dutch warehouses and early twentieth century factories with modern buildings filling in spaces left by bomb damage.  I later found that it is all open spaces and modern installations. 

Waalhaven - HO - Modelled by Ian Driver

“Waalhaven”  depicts a Strukton Rail and Railpro exchange depot, based in the Rotterdam Europort where much of the materiel required is brought in by barge to nearby wharves.

Waalhaven is operated in the style of an inglenook shunting layout. There are three sidings, the rear siding serves a storage shed where dry materials are brought in by wagons and then distributed on works trains to wherever they are needed on the NS network. Adjacent to the shed is a small container handling crane to load and unload containers and portacabins.  Wagons used on the layout represent the variety of wagons used by both Strukton and Railpro.

There are a variety of locos available for use on the layout, including four ex Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS) class 6400 MaK diesel locos in the liveries of RAILION and RailPro and an ex NS 600 class also in RailPro livery.  There are also an NS 2200 class in and a Vossloh G1206 loco and a 600 class in the yellow livery of Strukton Rail, plus there are a couple of SIKs available as well.

The layout measures 72” x 15”,  giving a 45” scenic area and 27” fiddle area.

Waalhaven is scheduled to appear at Loddon Vale MRC exhibition on Saturday 25th September 2022, St Peter’s Church Hall, Church Road, Earley, Reading, RG6 1EY

Bastogne Rue De Clervaux - HO - NMBS/SNCB - Modelled by Phil Colton

I chose to model Bastogne, famous for its place in WW2, because it is in south eastern Belgium.  This meant I could model traffic from Belgium and Luxembourg. I have imagined a third station in the town which is now a terminus and has a busy freight yard with a chemical plant, logistics depot and a banana ripening warehouse.

Former Layout Now retired - Zevendaal - HO - Private Operators/Open Access Freight Netherlands NS  - Modelled by Tom Nicholls

Zevendaal is a mainly freight harbour based in the Netherlands but also featuring a range of European stock found passing through with open access freight arrangements. Era is 1990s and the port contrasts the closeness of big shipping and urban life in the old ports such as Rotterdam, Zutphen, Amsterdam and Deventer just before the big redevelopment of these areas and the movement of the mainstay of port traffic to new more coastal locations.

Zevendaal is a combination of these old ports in character and function and depicts the underbelly of the Dutch rail freight scene in Epoch IV. It uniquely combines a Container Ship and a Passenger liner – full size in HO!

Chaam (HO) - NS - Modelled by Phil & Charlie Colton

Chaam is a real town near the Dutch border with Belgium which didn’t have a railway. In my imagining it is now a dormitory town within reach of Breda and Antwerp and so has commuter services to both giving me a chance to introduce both NS and SNCB/NMBS rolling stock.  The goods yard contains infrastructure wagons and the factory is called The Rusting Metal Box Company.

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