The model is of Aylesbury LNWR, and is the first station in Aylesbury running in from Cheddington - and located where B&Q now is. It is to EM gauge and was built by Geoff Williams and his sons.
Originally a loft layout, this is the second attempt by Geoff and was modelled in the early 70s’. The layout depicts the
whole of the station complex with engine shed, goods yard and gas works. The railway is set
amongst the back drop of the town and has been created with meticulous attention to detail and research. The scenic side features cunning use of decreasing perspective modelling to achieve a greater sense of depth.
The club acquired the layout from Geoff’s son and have worked to restore it to running order. The layout has been rewired with DCC components but work still remains to get the signalling to work and some track.
The original wiring was ingenious and complex using some electro-mechanical interlocking. We have deemed it too difficult to restore this and maintain reliability in addition to which there were some safety concerns with the original kit. To this end we aim to restore the layout to a running model using DCC. Bedding in building and scenery also requires some remedial action that will bring the townscape to life.
Aylesbury LNWR appeared in its entirety at our Railex 2016 exhibition on the 28th/29th May. A slightly shorter version appeared at our Risex 2015 exhibition, where the below photos were taken.