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Purleigh

This is the Society’s new ‘00’ gauge layout, which is currently under construction.

The layout is based on British Railways Eastern Region practices in East Anglia in the 1950’s to 1960’s period.
Steam train
The layout is designed as a continuous circuit.

All track-laying is complete and wiring of the baseboards is well advanced.

The initial aim is to get the layout up and running for steam and diesel operation.

The ultimate aim is to install 25kV overhead catenary to run commuter EMU services.

The layout measures 12 feet (3.6 metres) by 8 feet 6 inches (2.6 metres) with an operating well in the centre.

This is the Society’s new ‘00’ gauge layout, which is currently under construction. It is inspired by the principle of “what if” – in other words, the use of modellers’ imagination.

Wickford The main aim is to build a layout based on British Railways Eastern Region practices in East Anglia in the 1950’s to 1960’s period, prior to the corporate blue era.

A careful study of old railway and Ordnance Survey maps provided the necessary ideas. Attention was focused on the line from Woodham Ferrers to Maldon and on towards Witham where there was once an eastbound chord onto the main line in the direction of Colchester.

Southminster
During the course of our map reading we came across the village of Purleigh, in Essex (sounds similar but is spelt differently). It no longer has a rail connection today, but in years gone by it was served by a halt, Baron’s Lane Halt, about half a mile away on the line from Woodham Ferrers to Maldon. The line was closed to regular passenger traffic in 1939, and the goods service was withdrawn in 1953.

In our imagination, however, the line has remained open and has been electrified (as has happened in reality on the lines to Braintree and Southminster) right through to the GE main line. At the same time Purleigh has grown into a commuter “dormitory” township, with a population large enough to justify the building of a proper station, complete with goods sidings.

The layout is designed as a continuous circuit. All track laying is complete and wiring of the baseboards is well advanced.

The initial aim is to get the layout up and running for steam and diesel operation. But throughout construction we will not lose sight of the ultimate aim to install 25kV overhead catenary to run commuter EMU services.

The layout measures 12 feet (3.6 metres) by 8 feet 6 inches (2.6 metres) with an operating well in the centre.

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We get to work on our Purleigh Layout !
At work Ron
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