Alton Model Railway Group

Winterley Junction

Winterley Junction

A 4mm 00 gauge layout mainly built using ‘off the shelf’ products to a design that allows lots of operating potential.

The track design of Winterley Junction in 4mm scale is very similar to a 7mm layout design previously built, although the geography around the station is different. It proved to be interesting to operate.

It uses kits and PECO track with DCC operation. It has proved to be a quick and easy method to get a layout built and operating in a short space of time. Baseboards were laser cut and supplied in kit form. Stock has all been purchased from well known suppliers and DCC sound chips fitted. Metcalfe card buildings have been altered as necessary to fit the location.

The Great Western originally built a single line between Ampton towards London, the next station being Blacon. At the time Winterley was a single platform with a siding for goods to be loaded etc. A level crossing provided the road access to the station. The town was small but justified a station as future growth was expected in the area for both industry, farming and of course population. Ampton and Blacon were the main employment areas and passengers commuted to these towns and London daily.

As time passed, more and more land was available for building and the town became a true ‘commuter’ town to the adjoining towns as above. The need of the goods yard also grew and so a decision was made to rebuild the station the other side of the level crossing and provide more space for goods services. At the same time the London South Western Railway were interested in providing passenger services to their nearest town, Chudleigh Knighton. Permission was given to gain access to the new station via the road over bridge and the platform designed as an island platform. High ground meant pedestrian access was via a footbridge and the station building erected on the higher ground.

The LSWR demolished part of the road bridge and used girders to provide the road surface over their track on the up side of the station. Owing to tunnels nearby, the GWR line remained single but using the additional platform, GWR trains could pass when required. South Western trains were now able to travel to Ampton on the new double track shared by both companies. As it was necessary to build a new bridge over the river, a new girder bridge was built and this meant the lines diverging for a distance.

The old station platform is now unused although the brewery uses the old station building as an office. The platform provides access to an old coach converted to a “Camping Coach”. The level crossing now provides road access to the goods yard and brewery. The original signal box (now named Winterley Crossing Box) remains at the level crossing to control it and the change from double track to two single tracks through the station and beyond. A new box (Winterley Junction) has been built at the up end of the station.

This is how we find the model displayed today.