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TT scale - Market Northop

photos by Bill Fry & Steve Hales

Welcome to the
TT Group’s layout
Market Northop

The TT scale (3mm to the ft. 12mm track gauge) was introduced in 1957 by TRI-ANG . Market Northop is a 28ftx10ft continuous layout with a centre well. It was started in 2003 and replaces the previous TT layout, Castleby

Market Northop is a fictitious layout somewhere in between Lands End and John O’Groats in the late 40’s and the mid 60’s so a wide range of stock is represented ( plus some Scot Rail). The baseboards are open plan, all made from 3/8in ply. Track and points are hand built using code 80 flat bottom rail soldered to copper clad sleepers laid on cork then ballasted, all the points on the viewing side of the layout are hand operated through slide switches which also change the polarity to the point frog. The fiddle yard points are operated by a mixture of post office relays and slide switches. Market Northop station is scratch built using plans from a station in the north east. Chadith, the lower station is also scratch built from Great Western plans. The town scene is mainly scratch built but the low relief houses and shops are 3mm card kits by Bilteeze. The goods yard area has a mixture of scratch and kit built buildings which requires some more detailing. Work is in progress on the left hand side of the layout with a farm house, out buildings and surrounding fields being built.

The stock running on Market Northop is a mixture of original and modified Tri-ang, kits by Bec, Gem, 3mm Scale Models, the 3mm society and Branch Lines are also widely used. Plans for the future include modification to the entrance to the goods yard and working signals.


under development - September 2005


Also look at the photos of Castleby (taken by Dave Skipsey in 2001), TT's previous layout.

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  Last modified:  February 05, 2017