George Gray Layouts

Coldham Lane - OO Guage - BR Blue

The layout was started in 2011, made its debut under the club banner at Cathcart 2012 in short 6'6" form, followed by the full finished version 13'6" plus two end fiddle yards at Falkirk in November 2013 for the club.

Coldham Lane is a fictitious location, with the layout being set in England in the delightful county of Norfolk or possibly Suffolk on a scorching mid summer day in the early 1980s. Many features of a typical East Anglian railway scene are delightfully captured, with the picturesque village, small freight depot adjacent to the station, working windmill and the canal being dominant features, modelled on a flat baseboard delightfully depicting the flat geographical landscape of the area.

The detailed and weathered stock recall the halcyon days when BR Blue reigned supreme, and local vacuum braked pick up freights could be seen alongside the contemporary air braked wagons and bulk freights both air and vacuum braked, with classes 03, 08, 25, 31, 37 and 47 featuring dominantly, and 20s, 40s and 45 "Peaks" making the odd visit into the East Anglian locality.

The layout bustles with parcel and freight and passenger services, with loco hauled rakes on longer distance services passing through, whilst the local "stoppers" are the preserve of the incumbent class 101 Metro Cammell and 105 Cravens DMUs.

Code 75 fine scale track is used throughout, and working signalling is a prototypical mix of colour light and semaphore signals.