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The layout is built in a loft conversion around the walls. A wooden frame was constructed with battens attached to the beams in the walls and then a framework extending out. Legs are put in at regular intervals along the front. The layout is aproximately a meter deep at its widest. The central well is a meter wide at its widest but has been encroached on by additions to the layout. The framework is covered with good quality ply sheet which is screwed down to it. The track plan was worked out on lining paper pinned to the top, using Peco point templates where necessary.

From this plan cork tiles were cut to go under the track and were stappled to the ply. The track was then pinned to the cork trackbed and all joints were soldered (apart from insulated ones). All track is Peco code 100 with many of the points being re-used from my previous layout.

A view of the fiddle yard, prior to the top layer being added   The curved section of the fiddle yard, now hidden.

The upper layer sits over the fiddle yard with a clearance of only 10cm. This is a little tighter than I wanted but there was not enough room to go higher and still have a reasonably sensible gradient to get there! The upper layer is constructed from ply and is hinged in sections from the wall and a frame to allow access to the fiddle yard should there be a derailment. Curtains are fitted around the layout to provide hidden storage space underneath.

A view of Bearham station, on top of the fiddle yard, showing the storage lines below and the swing section   The junction and approaches to Tedford station

A view of Bearham station, on top of the fiddle yard, with Tedofrd on the other side of the room