Layouts

So far there are three layouts in the Farthing series, each depicting a section of the same overall station. The individual trackplans for each layout are simple affairs, but all contain a certain operational scope in the form of shunting puzzles. The layouts built so far are:



1. The Branch Bay. This was the first of the layouts and is complete. It shows the bay platform at Farthing ca. 1904-1908, and draws on features from the bays at Newbury station.





2. The Goods Depot. This layout is also complete. It shows part of a large goods depot, seen from the inside and looking out.  It mixes features from the old goods depots at Windsor, Reading and Hockley.





3. The Old Yard is almost done. It focuses on the remains of the old N&SJR station at Farthing, long since swallowed up by the GWR and converted to a secondary good yard. The layout was inspired by the history and goods operations of Stratford on Avon, Witney Goods and Gloucester Old Yard.





4. The Stables is under construction. It provides a roadside view of the stable block and surrounding sidings at Farthing during the early 1900s. It  is inspired by views of the stable blocks at Slough and Park Royal, and the tree-lined perimeters of Vastern Road Yard in Reading.