On our sister site Cottingfield I wrote a section on the key tools I had used to build that layout. Whilst you can teach an old dog new tricks, the tools I’ve used have not changed. Tools used to build North Wroxham & it’s scenics

As the project evolves we will bring step by step guides to all the key elements from base board selection & construction, to final testing and running.

Over time I have come to the conclusion there is a lack of coverage on the internet on some of the more mundane elements. Who knew that wiring was boring? You would certainly think so from the general lack of coverage it gets. Similarly wiring up the point motors may end up being a bit of a guess. However you can rest assured both will receive a full write up.

The control panel will be a custom construction especially for North Walsham. I have already spent time working on a plan of attack for the electrics.

Simple solutions to practical challenges

To make life easier when it comes to operation, electrical continuity will be shown on the panel. Many people have offered different solutions to this over time, ranging from the simple to incredibly complex and hi-tech.

North Wroxham will feature a solution at the simple end of the scale, albeit it involves running a lot more wires. The simplest way to solve the challenge is to run a pair of wires back to an LED in the control panel from each track section. This way, hen a track section is live it will be illuminated on the track plan.

The LEDs for this can be picked up easily anywhere, I’m currently investigating some flat ones on eBay that are available for a few pence each, although will be getting a single one in to trial first as I’m suspicious they may be a bit too bright. The wiring is again widely available, and your local model shop should be able to sell you it by the meter in a wide variety of colours.

So what can we look forward to?

Pretty much everything you would expect to see you outside a small town centre really. North Wroxham is to be home to a ‘German discount supermarket’ of course. It will also have a car garage / showroom, which I’m expecting to build next to a builders merchant and small industrial area.

Houses? Yes plenty, and gardens and all the features associated. Roads? Yep, plenty of them too, both main roads and residential. They actually present a conundrum as I’m not how at present i’m going to represent the pavements.

Two stations, one for the preserved railway, and a less grand one on the main line. This will mirror real life where it has been reduced mainly to just platform shelters. However Bure Valley Models have commissioned an model of the signal box, so this will be finding it’s way onto the layout too.

There will also be a variety of other buildings to be seen. Having just spotted a Lyddle End model of a Wesleyan Chapel, I suddenly feel the need for one. There will also be ‘local’ shops although I’ll admit I don’t quite have a plan for them yet.

For the first time on any of my layouts (this will be number 5) there will also be water. I’ve decided it’s time to bite the bullet. Running alongside the main road will be a local ditch / dyke between that and one of the car parks. Asides from being a fun challenge, if I make a balls up of it I can just fill it in!

Any progress?

As the project progresses this page will be updated, and ultimately will act an index for all the items on the layout, taking you to their own pages. Here I’ll either explain what the model is in the case of pre-built ones, as well as providing a short review. For ones I have built I will aim to describe what materials were used. How it was built, and why. And time permitting also a short video of it’s construction.