East Baston is the name of the new
TT layout at the Merseyside Model railway Society. It is an end to
fiddle yard layout built on four four-foot scenic baseboards plus the
fiddle yard which is fitted to use cassettes.
The trackwork is all hand built to
12mm gauge. The points are all hand operated. Leaving the fiddle yard
are twin tracks which curve past the chemical works which are served by
a long siding and having a small shed for the resident shunter, be it
diesel or steam. This siding also gives access to the main loco shed.
This is a two road covered building which, with two small sidings, is
fed from a turntable.
The main line now approaches East
Baston Station. A track leads off to the right to serve the canal basin.
Barges and possibly small coastal vessels use the basin for
loading/discharge of cargo. A stable exists for the horses of
non-powered craft. The station has one major platform with a run around
loop to release the train locomotives. There is also a bay platform
leading off the line taking freight traffic to the goods yard and shed.
Rolling stock is based on equipment
of the period 1945-1975 and thus steam and early diesel units can be
seen. Being situated somewhere in the southern midland it is possible to
see LNER and Southern stock, but the majority is GWR, LMS and British
rail. Although nominally a branch line with there being twin tracks the
railway authorities occasionally use the route to East Baston for test
purposes. Thus the odd modern van or waggon will appear – maybe even