The Layout Design

Dufftown is a 4mm scale model of a narrow gauge railway: 009 is 9mm gauge (the same as N) representing 2′ 3″ gauge in the “real” world (though often used to represent any narrow gauge from around 1′ 10″ to 2′ 6″). The layout is 2′ x 7′ and incorporates a full circuit of track, a small station, a three loop fiddle yard, and low level industrial distillery sidings. Scenic features include distillery buildings, a wee burn and a two-span viaduct.
Draft Layout Plan (Dufftown)
It is designed to allow operation from either the front or the rear of the layout, so it can be seen by the operators during “recreational” running as well as being exhibited.

There are two boards each 3’6″ long. The station board (left) was constructed first and can actually be operated as a self contained layout. It is near completion, with details, buildings and back-scene still to be completed. The distillery board (right) is under construction, with the track laid and partially ballasted and some of the scenery formed.

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