"Netherton" is the main "OO" gauge layout in the Club. It was designed as a simple four track "belt round" to maximise movement at Exhibitions. The main tracks are totally independent and can either operate DC or DCC locos and stock, depending on which type of controller is plugged in at the time. This means the layout can be operated all DC or all DCC, or as we usually run, a mixture of both systems.
The track plan has two main lines round the outside of the layout used for express traffic or long slow traffic like coal trains. The inner two circuits are a local line which serves Netherton station and is used by local and stopping traffic. The station also has a goods yard attached for local freight.
The layout operates on a period system from Steam and Green Diesel right up to Modern. This is done to let members run their much varied stock on the layout at Exhibitions. Whilst we make no claim that all the trains running could be seen in the same place at the same time, each loco and rolling stock is matched for area and livery.
The buildings in the town were donated to the Club and many are accurate representations of buildings in and around the Irvine area. The buildings in and around the station area were built by a former member of the Club based on buildings around Kilmaurs Station.
This layout is up permanently in the Clubroom and frequent running nights are organised to enable members to run and test their stock.