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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
Orchard Road TMD is a DCC operated British Rail depot layout, based in the BR (Southern) region between 1975 and 1983 and features locomotives seen in Devon during these years. A depot has been modelled in a relatively small space, but includes a maintenance building, locomotive refuelling and fuel off-loading siding with storage tanks. The odd siding has been provided through the bridge, forming the scenic break, this represents the end of a track from the station beyond the bridge.
All track is Peco 00 gauge, ballasted and then weathered to represent the track that would be seen at a diesel depot. The major structures are scratch built, but some buildings are kits. The majority of the details are kits, plastic, whitemetal and etched-brass, all have been painted and weathered.
Operation is DCC, using a NCE Powercab controller, with the points also being DCC operated via an accessory decoder.
The locomotives are a mixture of Bachmann, Hornby and Lima and represent those classes that would have been seen in Devon. All have been weathered and one or two are sound fitted (this will be added to over a period of time).
Construction of the layout can be followed on the RMWeb layout thread web site www.rmweb.co.uk – layout thread, search for 'Orchard Road TMD'. This a vast website covering all aspects of modelling and well worth a look at.
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