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Kilmarnock and District Model Railway Club - Layouts



22’0 X 10’0

“Netherton” is our main “00” gauge exhibition layout. It was designed to enable four trains to run simultaneously.

We were very lucky to be given a set of Station Buildings and Signal Box built for the Kilmaurs Museum by the late Dick Brown who was one of our members. We had a second stroke of luck when a sizeable selection of hand built “00” buildings made by the late Alexander Campbell from Saltcoats, was donated by his grandson Ross Campbell.

Both sets of buildings can be seen as part of the layout at Exhibitions.

The layout was built to be entertaining and to have “something moving” at all times. The outside two tracks are the main line with through express trains going to and from the rest of the network. The inside two tracks show a secondary route with local trains calling at “Nertherton”.

We realised over time that a growing number of members were moving over to DCC and we looked at ways of accommodating their Stock.  The answer proved reasonably simple – the Common Return to the tracks was split into separate circuits – each circuit is now totally independent. This means that simply by changing the type of controller a circuit can be DC or DCC.  This means that both systems can run on parallel tracks at the same time.

Some of our members have joined The Model Electronic Railway Group and a fair number of their products appear on the layout with streets and buildings being lit, operating signals, servo controlled pointwork and operating figures around the layout.

“Netherton” can be shown in a variety of eras – Steam/ Green Diesels; Blue Diesel/ Sector and Privatised Modern Times. Each era will have relevant locos and rolling stock but it would be unlikely that all the trains running would be seen in the same place at the same time.


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