Newchapel Junction at This year Model Railways Plus show.

Newchapel Junction is a large finescale “O” Gauge layout representing the post-grouping period and based somewhere in the Yeovil area where the SR and GWR ran together.

The layout is entirely semaphore signalled, and all moves are correctly signalled.  Moves between Newchapel Junction Station and the circles are controlled by electric train describers.  Electro-mechanical block instruments control the branch line.  The signals and points on the main line are electrically interlocked, and those in the main station are controlled by a relay operated entrance-exit panel.  The signalling at the branch line terminus is controlled by a mechanically-interlocked lever frame.

We create the impression of a busy railway in its heyday with frequent arrivals and departures from the main station to either the main-line circuit, where trains can be seen running at speed, or to the branch line where life is a little more sedate.

The locomotives vary from large main-line express passenger types to humble tank engines of both SR and GWR origin.  Engines from trains arriving at the main station proceed to the loco yard to be turned on the power operated turntable before either going on shed and being replaced by a fresh engine, or returning to their trains for the next outbound movement. A large goods yard provides for near continuous shunting and marshalling of freight trains.

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