The layout is based on the station on the S&DJR in Dorset. Its oo scale and 16 Feet by 2 of scenic area covering north and south of the station and Lambs Green Bridge. Its designed to support Cassette Fiddle Yards at each end covering both the main line and the extended sidings but I have not yet built these. It includes the station and yard area. Points and Signals controlled by a DCC and it uses DCC Train control with some sound fitted locomotives. The station buildings are from Bachmann. The pictures are all from the test setup in the garden.

Design Principles

Build a OO layout for the first time based on utilising the Bachman Buildings in a way that would allow the layout to be operated across a variety of era’s. The major challenge is that the goods shed was planned and not built and by the 1960’s there were a number of provender sheds in that location but no shed 😦

The Bachmann buildings are a mixture of what has been photographed in the 50’s -60’s along with the restored station as it is now. Looking back at the photos and records its clear that the buildings didnt change that much from when they were built until the railway closed in 1966.  Assuming that the things that set the time for viewers are the Stock, People (clothing) and the Vehicles then changing these allows the periods to be extended.


The S&D came under the control of the LMS in 1930 and at this point the existing S&DJR Blue livery was phased out on both coaches and engines.  Running before 1930 becomes a little problematic and I need to check when the various engines were bought into service but assume I could potentially go back to the Great War (1914-18) and run some other stock from different companies in this period.

Post 1930 the line came under joint control of the SR for the lines and buildings and the LMS for the engines and coaches. The LMS appeared to have moved fairly quickly to replace all of the older S&DJR coaches from Highbridge and I assume started to use LMS period 1 coaches. Many of the S&D locomotives stayed on the line but were repainted, I assume over a period of time into the LMS Livery of plain and lined black. The coaches of LMS Maroon.

During WW2 (1939-45) there are a number of records again of lots of different engines and coaches running over the line.

The next transition period is Nationalisation in 1948. The LMS Livery engines and coaches being replaced by BR early period and blood and Custard coaches. The engines and coaches remain the same but maybe some BR MK1’s start to creep into the mix

In 1956 BR change again moving to the Late emblem on the engines and back to Maroon and for SR stock green for coaches. There are lots of colour photos’ of this period so this will reflect the latest period I will be modelling.

Three operating period summary

Early Period – 1915 – 1935  – SDJR Blue, LMS Black and Red coaches

Middle Period  – 1940-1955 –  LMS Black -Red – BR Early Emblem  Blood and Custard

Late Period      – 1955-1966 –  BR early Emblem- Late Emblem  Maroon and Green


Early Period  – Mainly Horse Drawn, Some Steam – Very Early Cars/Lorries

Middle Period – Still Horses – Early cars and Lorries

Late Period – Cars and Lorries up to the middle of the 1960’s

North Dorset Railway

Shillingstone is currently being established as a heritage railway location with plans to initially run trains through to Sturminster Newton one station up the line. The buildings are fully restored track laying to lambs Bridge is underway and the trust own some of the land required for extending the line northwards

The North Dorset Railway can be found on Facebook and the website by clicking the buttons below

Layout Research

The research has taken me to Shillingstone a number of times and also had me scouring the internet for images. I don’t have a provenence for this image but it shows the relatively timeless look when compared with the pictures taken on site linked below

The layout build and operation


The layout has been laid out in line with the later track layout with significant length compression to include all the features.

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