O Scale by David HowarthThe layout, Beaumouth, is built to a scale of 7mm to the foot, (1:43.5) which is the standard for British O Fine scale modelling. It represents a seaside terminal in the South West of England, near Bournemouth. It is in the point-to-point, terminus-to-fiddle yard style found on many British layouts.
The layout portrays a 1910 Midland Railway single line branch, which ends at a seaside terminus. The London South Western Railway has running rights on the branch. A privately owned dock is situated adjacent to the River Beau, which the branch crosses via a three span steel girder bridge.
The track work is hand built based on Midland Railway standards at the turn of the century. All model structures are based on drawings of buildings found on the Midland Railway, which was a private company operating between 1844 and 1923 throughout Great Britain.
The layout, generally 1100 mm in height, was constructed using plywood, and in sections so that it can be taken to exhibitions. It is powered by Direct Current, with electrical isolation sections. A cassette type fiddle yard has been built to fit the current shed size.