The team have started a new project, thanks to Hornby and Model Depot.
A new layout has begun, thanks to Hornby who donated all the track and skaledale buildings, the Ormesby Hall volunteers have started to build a North Eastern branchline OO gauge layout, although completely ficitious the intention is to have the feel of a typical North Eastern station.
We have not settled on a period yet but the 1960's looks favourite at the moment.
The layout will be portable, and in order to make it a light as possible, syrofoam has been used for the base boards, the styrofoam is normally used for insulation and is 52mm thick, it is denser than polystyrene and considerably stronger.
The end to end layout is 17 feet long in total, with 11 feet being scenic, built in 3 sections 3 feet long and 2 sections 4 feet long, the layout is designed to bolt together in to 2 pieces for easy transport in 2 cars.
Recently a very generous offer from Model Depot of a Hornby Select DCC controller, means the layout will be DCC, since none of our group have any DCC experience it promises to be a learning curve for all.