Barmouth Junction
The name of the layout is called Barmouth Junction, even though Penmaenpool station and Dolgelley goods yard make up more of the whole layout. This station was really what got me interested in the first place and thought if I had enough space, it would make a great model. It certainly takes up more space in the railway room than the other scenic sections and at one end, is seven feet wide. I've had to compromise in that both the up branch and main lines splay inwards instead of outwards, but it doesn't really detract from the look of it. 

Anyone who knows the area, will realise that the lovely Barmouth bridge hasn't been modelled. This is due to the fact that I didn't think it would be very interesting for a model, as it is so long and also, I could then model the other scenic sections instead. It was a good decision during the planning, as everything fits and works better than it might have done. Another factor in planning, was the need to make a workbench to make my models in the same room.

I've made the Junction baseboards at a height of four feet and then the lines drop by using gradients to get underneath and round to the next station. It finally goes down to three feet in height for the lowest baseboards. The main reason for this, was that instead of going off scene and straight into the next station or scene, the trains will go on a bit of a journey before they reach them to make it more interesting.

Some of the loco's can't take more than three coaches up the gradients, but it is not a problem, as the real trains could be three coaches and up, so I have accepted this and have had no problems.

Trackwork is made up of hand-built points made by John Bailey and SMP plain track, which although not as good close up as the Penmaenpool track, looks the part.

Barmouth Junction was featured in the August 2017 issue of British Railway Modelling magazine.