00 gauge 16.5mm
Scale 4mm to 1ft/ 1:76
Oulton TMD (Traction and Maintenance Depot), is a fictitious location set in the midlands, utilising locos and rolling stock that typically ran from the early nineties until 1997 – the changeover period from British rail sectorisation to privatisation.
The layout started life in 2005 and originally consisted of a Railfreight Distribution maintenance shed, with refuelling point and loco stabling point. In 2009 a station area and freight sidings were added, followed by an oil terminal and virtual quarry (ballast yard) in 2010. In 2012, “Kibblestone” cement works was incorporated into the layout and finally in 2017 Kibblestone station and goods yard was added. In early 2018 rebranding of the TMD took place, with a change from Railfreight Distribution to Rail Express Systems.
Now, along with the RES locos, engineering trains and stock vans that provide interest in the depot, various passenger trains and larger freight trains can be seen operating as well. All this, along with sound fitted locos, hopefully help captures the sights and sounds of a modern railway scene.
Locos and stock are all “ready to run”, their liveries range from BR large logo blue, up to Railfreight triple grey, Transrail and Loadhaul, with most classes of locos making an appearance. To add interest the occasional steam special can be seen (and heard!).
Track is a mixture of Peco code 100 and code 75 Finescale, with the buildings being both kit and scratch built.
The layout has working lights and signals and is controlled using the Lenz DCC system. Please feel free to ask any question about the layout and its use of DCC or if you wish to hear the sound of a particular class of loco let one of our operators know. Further details of the layout can be found on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/oultontmd/
Information for exhibition managers can be found here.