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Adlestrop – P4

This layout, extending for much of the length of the 22-metre building, will replicate a small station on the Cotswold Line of the former Great Western Railway, now demolished. Adlestrop’s claim to fame is as the subject of an evocative poem of the same name by Edward Thomas that has become popular because of its encapsulating a peaceful time and place, only a short time before the outbreak of the First World War.

Yes. I remember Adlestrop
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat, the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.

The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop — only the name

And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.

And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.

SA P4 -- Adlestrop baseboard N00667_w

Adlestrop concept plans_w
Preliminary concept of the Adlestrop layout. By preparing a detailed concept, everyone can contribute so that we all sing from the same songsheet and don’t end up with unwanted surprises later.

The Barossa Line – P87

On the opposite wall we are building a South Australian prototype layout, based on the line that started at North Gawler and meandered through the picturesque Barossa Valley.

SA P4 -- North Gawler baseboard N00674_w

700 to Angaston 1 Jun 1968 out of Nth Gawler_p_w
The scenic forms of our Barossa layout will reflect the rolling, open topography of the Barossa Valley, shown in this scene of a special train hauled by Mikado 700 in June 1968.


We enjoy experimenting and developing new techniques, sometimes in collaboration with members of other clubs such as those overseas (especially P4) and locally. The super-lightweight, sturdy baseboards under our two layouts are one result.

P4 Group baseboard

Ziggy -- WP_20150309_002
Baseboards being painted to minimise dimensional changes in different weather.

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