Updated 31 December 2016
We are busy building
our new London Underground exhibition model railway layout 'Abbey Park'.
It is scheduled to be exhibited from 2018. Under construction images below.
London Underground model railway 'Abbey Road'
has now been retired from the exhibition circuit & has been sold to a private buyer.
|Abbey Road on You Tube|
|BBC Sherlock crime drama 'The Empty Hearse' - January 2014||Model Rail magazine - January 2014|
|'ITV London news/The Telegraph' newspaper - December 2010||'Metro' newspaper - December 2010|
|'Hornby' magazine - Sept. 2010||'The Tube' - ITV & Sky television series - 2005/2006|
|'Railway Modeller' - DVD Xtra no. 5 - Dec 2008||'British Railway Modelling' - Annual - 2009|
is a fictitious location somewhere in NW London on the London Underground
The station building is based on the classic 1930s Charles Holden design.
This sits over a split level four platform station. On the station road
are various buildings including a McDonalds restaurant, Marks & Spencer
store, and a Tesco supermarket.
To the left of the station area, the tracks head south, over reverse crossovers,
passing Abbey Road signal cabin before disappearing
underground into deep tube tunnels heading towards Central London.
Abbey Road - train diorama - Dec 2010
Layout & track plan:-
Abbey Road aerial views - under construction (Mar 2004) - following completion (Mar 2010)
layout is built on four plywood base-boards each
measuring 5ft wide x 18 inches deep. Each of these boards are joined together,
using brass alignment dowels and wing nuts/bolts, to form an 'end to end' layout that occupies a space of 6m x 0.5m (20ft x 18in). This
consists of a central 10 foot scenic section and two 5 foot sections at each end
which house the hidden fiddle yards.
Trackwork is Peco Code 75 Finescale which has been glued to a plywood track base and then ballasted using Woodland Scenics ‘N’ scale ballast. The ballast has been painted with various shades of brown modellers enamel paint. The prototypical conductor rails and insulators/chairs are also from the Peco range.
Under construction - Jan 2004
grass is made from the now obsolete brown hessian backed carpet underlay. This has been
glued down using white PVA wood adhesive and then sprayed using various colours of
green/brown aerosol auto paint. Trees and bushes are generally Peco and also
include our own Metromodels hand made trees. Buildings are a mixture of
kits and scratch-built. The station building and signal cabin were scratch-built
using plastic sheet, clear plastic and brick paper whilst the ‘Canon’
warehouses were made using old Airfix garage kit parts together with additional
scratch-built items. The trackside retaining walls and tunnel mouths are from
the Exactoscale range of embossed engineers blue brick paper. All other
weathered brick surfaces were produced from scanned images which were then
printed onto on photographic quality paper using a PC and colour ink jet
printer. The line-side cable posts are from the ex Harrow Model Shop range
whilst the line-side section switch cabinets, the LU station name roundels and
the overhead cable gantries are by Metromodels.
The station platform posters were made using digital pictures of the real
advertisements or were scanned from magazines, etc.
The station platform posters were made using digital pictures of the real advertisements or were scanned from magazines, etc.
of the rolling stock is from the Metromodels range of etched brass, ready to run
tube trains. Battery locomotives are
from the ex Harrow Model Shop range whilst the ‘Heritage Trains’ are EFE
models. All trains are powered using Tenshodo SPUD motors and have extra weight
in the form of old roofing lead fitted to the underside of each chassis, to
ensure smooth operation. Some trains have interior and directional
head/tail lamp lighting fitted whilst others have driver cab mounted train
cameras which transmit the driver's eye view to an LCD screen on the layout!
When we are exhibiting the layout we operate a variety of trains including normal passenger trains & various engineering trains.
Station building and platforms - Feb 2005
Metromodels 1992 Waterloo & City Line Tube Stock - Mar 2006 (image courtesy of Ian Turner)
Metromodels 1995 Tube Stock & graffiti 'tags'- Mar 2006 (image courtesy of Ian Turner)
veteran 'Ever Ready' tube train made in the 1950s makes occasional outings on Abbey Road.
More details of the Ever Ready train.
The 'Ever Ready' battery company tube train - the first commercially made '00' scale London Underground train! - Aug 2006
'Victoria' from the Underground Ernie family of tube trains! - March 2007
Victoria has been converted into a working model from a 'push back' childrens toy purchased for £5 on EBay!
Abbey Road would not be complete without them...
The 'famous four' with the 5th Beetle up on the pavement! - Feb 2013
The white metal figures are from the Aidan Campbell range of '00' scale miniatures
Electrics & control:-
The layout is, in effect, two layouts in one. The upper level and lower level tracks are operated totally independently of each other. In normal use, two operators will control the layout, one controlling the top level and the other the bottom level. This enables us to keep the trains moving! Power & control is provided by 'Clipper', 'Duette' & 'CU1' hand held units from the H&M range of transformer/controllers. These were produced over 30 years ago and are now only available 2nd hand. More information is available via this link.
Platform building work is underway - Mar 2006 (image courtesy of Ian Turner)
Each section of track is individually powered allowing trains to be isolated via a switch as required. This is known as ‘CAB control’, a tried and tested means of operation. At busy periods trains are held in section awaiting the passage of a preceding train.
Abbey Road wins the 'Most Appealing Layout' trophy at the Farnham Model Railway Club annual exhibition - Aldershot, Hampshire - October 2006
Abbey Road won both the 'Visitors Choice' trophy (as voted by visitors to the show) & also the 'Pete Lindsay Shield' (as voted by the club members) whilst exhibited at the Exeter Model Railway Society's 2007 exhibition (image courtesy of Kevin Staddon/Exeter MRS)
Weed-killer train formed of converted 1938 Tube Stock - Mar 2006 (image courtesy of Ian Turner) & Schoma diesel locomotive no. 4 - March 2007 - both built by Roger Tuke
The colour light signals are prototypical, fully operational LU signals hand made by Roger Murray Signals. They are a mix of semi automatic, automatic and junction types each having a unique signal number, including a cabin code, based on LU practice.
1992 stock waits in the platform underneath the station over-bridge - April 2006 (image courtesy of Aryan Snowsill)
In the late summer of 2008, we decided that the time had come to undertake a complete re-wire of Abbey Road. This was due to the increasing number of electrical faults that we were experiencing. Three of us removed all the old wiring & installed over 150 metres of new wiring in only 4 days. It is all out of sight underneath the layout - the layout runs a lot better as a result!
Re-wiring work by Roger & Howard - October 2008
Alstom Golders Green Traincare Centre's 100 year anniversary open day - June 2007
In the spotlessly clean wheel lathe workshop at London Underground's Upminster Depot 50th anniversary open weekend - Sept 2009
The 'Abbey Road' crew at the Blackburn, Lancashire model railway exhibition - October 2010
Abbey Road as featured in TfL 'Revenue Matters' staff magazine - March 2011
Digital advertisement frame installed on Abbey Rd - January 2012
1973 stock prototype in action on Abbey Rd - March 2012
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