This was a statement by a visitor at an Exhibition I was attending with an O gauge Depot/Fuelling Layout. I have to admit I have heard this before and I usually dismiss this sort of comment – besides if you have half a dozen or so Loco’s then what better way to display them.
Anyway when I returned home I got to thinking – as you do! And thought I would do a little research into what else could be good to model with a priority on ‘viewer satisfaction’ and ‘stock variety’ and keeping costs as low as possible.
I have based my thoughts on O Gauge of a maximum size of 10′ x 2′ although the suggestions would equally be viable in 4mm and 2mm.
This list is obviously not exhaustive and is basically for 1960 – 1990 and Diesel Operated. Many have been ‘done before’, but some may have not! or can be revived!
Stabling Point (No Fuel) — Coal Yard/Drops — Speedlink Yard — Wagon Repair Facility
Engineers Sidings – Parcels Depot – Fertiliser Depot — Head Shunt Beside Single Line
Goods Depot (up to mid 60’s) – Small DMU run Terminus Station — Scrap Yard
Domestic Coal/Oil Terminal – Grain Terminal/Maltings/Animal Feed – Distillery/Brewery
Fish Market (early 60’s) — Quay Railway (similar Yarmouth) — A loop on a single line
Newspaper/Parcels Bay Platform — Concrete Sleeper/Products Plant – Loco Washing Plant
Wooden Sleeper/Fencing Depot — Engineers waste disposal Yard – Army ordinance Depot
Industrial Site with Main Line Exchange — Road Fuelling Point for Loco’s/Hard Standing
Steel Distribution Plant — RHTT Sidings –Loco Sanding Siding/Line –Small SATLINK Yard
Small Project Mercury Yard — Nuclear Flask Facility — Small China Clay Yard
Cement unloading (Rail to Road)
For more operational variety two of the above could be added together.
I have already used two of these thoughts —— Lowe St in OO for the Sleeper Depot and
Morlock Heath in O Gauge for the Engineers Yard. Details and Photo’s on this site.