Luttrell is loosely based on the West Somerset Heritage Railway terminus at Minehead and is so-called because Colonel Luttrell was the landowner who provided the land for what was planned to be a major extension of the terminus by GWR which they eventually had second thoughts on and scaled the plans back to what is in place today. Whilst the layout maintains the key elements of Minehead Station such as the turntable, wide platform and associated buildings, some changes have been made due to layout size restrictions and a wish to provide more interest in the layout as a whole. Being a heritage railway it allows for numerous visits from engines and rolling stock from other areas of the country.
It is also the club’s first layout which uses the MERG (Model Electronic Railway Group) system for layout control. The Group's aim is to actively promote and advance the use of electronic and computer technology for model railway operation, which is ideally suited to take advantage of these technologies, and the application of electronics and computers can be used to good effect to add enhanced features and realism to a model railway operation.
Luttrell made an appearance at the SRP Toy & Train Fair at The Charmandean Centre in Worthing this weekend.