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Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Showcase: Arne Wharf

120502_arnewharf_DSC_4315 by nevardmedia
120502_arnewharf_DSC_4315, a photo by nevardmedia on Flickr.
To those not familiar with some of my layouts, over the next few postings I'm going to have a look at some of the layouts I've built, starting off with Arne Wharf.

Back in 2003 I'd only been back in the hobby for a year or so, and wanted to build something small and compact which could be taken to shows. Since the mid 1980's when previously in the hobby, scenic products and techniques had moved on in leaps an bounds, so Arne Wharf would also be a chance to try out some new products and techniques as well as having a bit of fun chopping up a Walthers Glacier Gravel Co kit.

When at a show it's 4ft off the ground unlike here!
Arne Wharf is modelled in 009 (representing 2'3" gauge) and totally contained within 3' x 2'. My interpretation is based on a fictitious line running from Arne to Wareham via Ridge & Stoborough on the Purbeck Peninsular. The line was built to transport ball clay, lime stone, salt and oysters in addition to general merchandise. One of the delights of this scale/gauge combination is that almost anything goes - making for enjoyable escapism free from the hobby's more serious element.

The whole layout fits in a scenic footprint of 3ft x 2ft with and extra foot for a fiddle yard.

I'm hoping to take this little layout along with Polbrock to Model Rail Live at Barrow Hill on the weekend of 22 & 23 September 2012.


  1. My absolutely fave of your layouts - great source of inspiration for me personally, especially the self-contained in a box look. The lighting is also great in this model, have you done a post on this previously?

  2. Is that the Nevard family ironing board making another outing?

  3. Yes, as mentioned above in the post - wake up number 7!


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