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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
Maidens Dale is a fictional location somewhere in the Midland Region in the 1960's era. The layout was originally an end to end design started in 1986 and has been extended over the years to an oval now measuring 11' x 6' 3". Peco code 100 track is used throughout with points activated via the electric pencil method, using Peco point motors, with a capacitor discharge unit. The track is split into 5 sections and the fiddle yard has 16 tracks, the trains are run in turn and controlled by 2 hand held A.M.R's. The stock is mainly ready to run with steam and diesel, there are a few kits and conversions. The signals are made from odds and ends of Ratio kits and operated by piano wire.
The scenery is made from carved polystyrene and chicken wire over the tunnels, covered with strips of glued newspaper, then Polyfilla painted brown, then scenes glued on. The water is made from Bonda clear casting resin with layers of yacht varnish. Most of the buildings are scratch built using Slaters Plasticard, many of them are copied from photos of real buildings with detailed interiors and illuminated.
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