As a young boy living in Hampshire in the 1970’s, Jamie was lucky to have lived near the Southern Region lines running from Waterloo to Southampton and Salisbury, where BR Blue was the order of the day. Many a summers day he would be sat in a BRUTE on a platform, eating jam sandwiches and watching the Trains go by! So having maintained his love for British Rail Diesels and rolling stock, and having had dreams of reliving my youth, it was time to build an Exhibition Layout, allowing travel the country with his son and meet like-minded people with a similar love for model trains.
Oakley Green was conceived as a mainly Southern Region Layout based in the mid 1970’s, taking ideas from Basingstoke, Micheldever Station and Eastleigh Works. This produced a layout which had a small parcels depot, a busy oil depot, as well as a loco service depot. This allowed for a larger collection of locos to be run on the layout, adding a lot of interest and operational complexity.
The layout is full DCC with all locos having sound. The points and signals are also all DCC and the layout is controlled via an NCE system, and an interface using JRMI software, with the final control achieved by use wireless tablets and phones. All the buildings are scratch built and the locos and rolling stock are all weathered. If you have any questions, both father and son would be happy to answer them for you.
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