Old Newton Road is a fictional yard based in the Southwest London suburbs, dated from the late 70's to early 80's.
Rail access to the yard is through a cutting and under a short girder bridge which carries the access road to the nearby newly built industrial park, with further road access provided at the other end of the yard.
The old warehouse is still in action, which takes in deliveries from wagons in a separate siding. These are then processed on site and re-distributed around the local area by road.
A recently refurbished engine shed helps out with the overflow of servicing from the nearby Old Oak Common, as well as occasional visits from the rail networks inspection saloon and test carriages.
After seeing several layouts starting to be built based on the dimensions of a Really Useful Box, I therefore decided to have a go at one myself. This was going to be used as a base for trying out scenic development as well as boredom prevention until I commence work on my 7ftx7ft shed layout.
The size of layout I decided upon was 75cm x 22cm drops inside the 22ltr Really Useful Wrapping paper box, which in N Gauge provides plenty of room for an ample suburban yard style layout. An easy construction of 19mm x 32mm timber frame and a 6mm ply top provides a sturdy yet light board, this was then topped by a sheet of 1mm cork purchased from Orwell Model Railways.
The majority of the layout is scratch built from Evergreen Styrene, Slaters sheet and some texture sheets I purchased from Antics online. All windows have come from the excellent Peedie Models range, with doors and platform edge coming from Ratio.
Structures are built up using a .5mm Evergreen Styrene frame, which is then layered over the top with the texture sheets with window and door apertures cut out where needed. SMD led's are being used to provide spot lights and interior lights for evening operations.
Old Newton Road is a long way off being structurally completed, before long I hope it will be ready for paint and weathering before the details and cameos get added.