Farleigh Down was originally built by Paul Levy & Ellis Johns from N+DMRC. They had a combined interest in Narrow Gauge and Military layouts and decided to build a layout loosely based on MOD sites such as Dean Hill and Chilmark. Paul had the original idea when he saw a newspaper article on the closure of Dean Hill and on further investigation on the Subterranean Britannica Website. This info together with a few tweaks plus modeler’s license was an ideal project.
An early decision was to keep to Micro Layout proportions (track area being less than 576sq ins) with Fiddle Yards representing munitions storage in the form of “magazines” at the back and a hinged scenic board at the front. Another “must” was to ensure that continuous “roundy roundy” operation, at a viewing height of 49″, was possible to enable the operators to engage in discussion with members of the public without being hindered by over complex shunting maneuvers. All of this folding up into a 24ins x 23ins x 55ins self-contained box. The lightweight
baseboard (54ins by 45ins) is made from thin ply with lightening holes used to keep down weight (NB weight of removed plywood from these holes adding up to over a kilo). The layout was built using 18mm x 18mm softwood and 6mm plywood, 100mm wide frame work with 6mm tops. Track is a mixture of Peco 009 and N gauge with Peco point motors.
The Layout was then sold to John & Mason Pendrey from Newhaven & District MRC in November 2011. Since then it has been reworked. The opening Bunker doors have been automated using servos and Pc control, And it has had a general refurbishment.
set roughly in the ’70’sI’80’s, Farleigh Down represents an MOD site which receives, stores and distributes munitions. The transportation of the munitions on site generates the rail operation together with supportive movements for loco maintenance.