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WESTGATE PARK

A new  N gauge layout


Westgate Park is Ely and District Model Railway Club’s N scale layout.  It has through main line platforms which also serve three secondary branch lines.  There are adjacent maintenance facilities to service both DMUs and diesel locomotives.  Located in the Midlands somewhere between Birmingham and Nottingham, the town of Westgate is on the side of the main double track nearest the viewer with access to a medium size quarry on the other side.    Due to the substantial increase in rail traffic on the main line  in recent years, it is understood that Network Rail is undertaking electrification of the line.


The layout is freelance and could represent any era since nationalisation with changes to the signalling and buildings.   You see it today as a part completed layout needing many finishing touches .   Club members use their own steam,  diesel  and multiple units including a Midland Pullman and several Voyager sets.  


Westgate Park has been in the making for at least seven years.  It started out as a conventional but complex dc layout which never worked as hoped.   Two years ago, it was converted to dcc using MERG (Model Electronics Railway Group) equipment.  At the same time the point controllers were converted to MERG’s Cbus and a new control panel built.  Today, the control panel is a computer display using PanelPro - a free to download program – clicking on an icon sets up one of the various routes from the storage yards to the scenic area with the advantage that you cannot set up conflicting route.


The baseboards, made from 12mm thick ply on softwood frames, are designed to withstand the rigours of storage in our clubroom.   There are five baseboards each measuring 4ft long x 3ft wide, secured using clamps and aligned wit brass dowels making them easier to erect and dismantle.