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Peco Setrack OO Plan 33 - A China clay Terminal Based On Meeth N. Devon
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Baseboard Size Required - 148cm x 51cm (4'9" x 1'8")
Until 1982 Meeth was the railhead of the truncated Barnstaple to Halwill Junction line. The Site at Meeth consisted of a loop, with a covered china clay loading depot, a static oil tank railway wagon (then in use for lorry fuel) and a disused railway station several hundred metres away. The design makes use of these elements brought together and supposes the station remained open.
The basic track plan consists of a single line serving the platform and two sidings in the foreground that can be shunted independantly. There is only one point on the layout and all the tracks have a non-scenic section at the left hand end. A Peco SL-43 loco lift could act as a short cassette to move stock from one line to the other.
In the period set a Hornby class 121 single railcar, Bachmann O3 shunter, some china clay wagons and an oil tank wagon (not static, for greater operational interest) would meet the minimum requirement.
The model could also be set in an earlier steam period using a Bachmann small Prairie or Pannier Tank, or in more recent times with a class 153 (modified from a Hornby Class 155 Sprinter) and an O8 shunter: The china clay terminal would need updating and modern wagons, such as the Hornby CDA's, would have to replace those shown in the illustration.
Althgough the china clay terminal will require scratch building it is a simple structure easily replicated from Wills SSMP216 and Plastruct Fineline 'I' girder. The station makes use of readily available Peco kits; LK-16 Platform Shelter and LK-62 Concrete Type Platform Edging. (Peco Publications).
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