Wells Green TMD

Date June 21, 2005

A 4mm scale Electric Depot built by James Makin 

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SCALE: 4mm:ft/’OO’ Gauge
STOCK: Highly detailed 4mm scale diesel and electric locomotives.
PROTOTYPE: Crewe International Electric Maintenance Depot.
DESCRIPTION: Wells Green TMD is a diesel and electric depot set in Crewe, Cheshire, featuring a range of highly detailed 25kV electric locomotives in an authentic grimy, gritty atmosphere. The depot mainly undertakes routine maintenance to electric locomotives, but also contains a diesel fuelling point enabling many different varieties of locomotive to appear. Due to the rapidly changing nature of today’s privatised railway, the layout is operated in two different timescales, 2002 – 2004, and 2004 – 2006.

The layout won the Diesel and Electric Modellers United Small Layout Competition back in June 2005, and at just 5′ by 1′ for the main scenic section, showed just how much detail could be incorporated into such a small space.

Since then however, Wells Green TMD has been subject to many improvements, both scenically and operationally. A new 3′ fiddle yard has been added to the right hand end of the layout and the main board extended with an area depicting disused sidings and wasteland helping to ‘set the scene’. This brings the layout to 8′ x 2′ overall.

The depot features 25Kv AC overhead electrification, which utilises scratchbuilt and kitbuilt gantries and the layout is controlled by DCC using the Lenz system. A number of diesel locomotives have been fitted with South West Digital’s incredibly realistic sound decoders, not only do they add greatly to the atmosphere of a working depot, but are also tremendous fun to play with!

Much effort has been put into creating a ‘run down’ feel to the layout, including hand painted graffiti and heavy weathering to help create that look. Most of the buildings on the layout have been scratchbuilt using card and styrene sheet, so as to make everything unique.

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Wells Green TMD is also fully lit – with both lights inside the depot buildings, behind the backscene and inside the ‘Portakabins’. Built into the backscene is a fully detailed and lit EWS boardroom, even featuring items of Railwayana on the back wall!

Further photographs of the layout can be found at James Makin’s website: http://www.wellsgreen-tmd.co.uk

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