Croft Early GWR

Discussion in 'G1/32' started by Mikemill, 25 April 2021.

  1. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member

    This is Croft, my G1 GWR branch line layout. Unlike most garden layouts I wanted to treat a G1 layout as seen in the smaller scales. The layout is 30ft long by 2ft wide.

    As I prefer the earlier period of the GWR but there were no commercially made models available, so the entire layout is scratch built.


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  2. simond

    simond Western Thunderer

    Would “Wow!” be an acceptable response?
  3. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    Stunning Mike, absolutely stunning
  4. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member

    Thanks for the kind remarks and many likes of Croft, an appreciation of your peers is most welcome.
    Here are some more images of the layout. Leaving the station complex the line crosses a river, the bridge is inspired by the Victoria bridge on the Seven Valley Railway, and appropriately a River class loco is leading the train over the bridge.

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  5. Threadmark: Loss of Memory

    Mikemill Active Member

    I heard on the radio the other day that people have been experiencing loss of memory due to long periods of lockdown, I think I am one of them as I have just realised that I posted a series of images on Croft in February. Apologies for posting twice on the same subject.

  6. john lewsey

    john lewsey Western Thunderer

    You cant get too much of a good thing, and this is a good thing:)
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  7. Keith Phillips

    Keith Phillips Western Thunderer

    That all looks truly marvellous. Was Watlington an inspiration for the Goods Shed?

    Looking forward to some more pictures.
  8. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member


    Yes, Watlington was the inspiration for the goods shed, I would like to model the twin gable station building at some point. I went to the Princess Risborough railway a few summers ago where they have rebuilt one of the station buildings in the same style, a very well preserved branch.

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  9. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    This is a very fine model railway, I can just imagine the sheer size of the locomotives. Gauge One at its best....

    Thank you for matter how many times!

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  10. Keith Phillips

    Keith Phillips Western Thunderer

    My home ground before moving to Devon. I have a G1 line in the garden and would also like to have Watlington Station building on it. Such a pretty little structure.

    All the best,

  11. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member

    My aim in photographing the layout was to emulate real railway images, apart from the eye level viewpoint reverting to B&W helps to give an early era feeling.


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  12. Joe's Garage

    Joe's Garage Western Thunderer

    This is very tantalising......personally I think the 2 cylinder Saints etc were one of the most handsome steam locomotives ever built.....they truly must have been a beautiful sight in the early 1900s, my predecessors would have been on the lineside spotting them at lunchtime??
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.....
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  13. FH47331

    FH47331 Member

    Would love to see more of the layout Mike. Simply amazing. Did you scratchbuild all the locos? How many years has this take you so far?
  14. allegheny1600

    allegheny1600 Western Thunderer


    This is simply sublime and I love it.
  15. Bazzmund

    Bazzmund Active Member

    Nice to see a fellow pre grouper at work. Particularly like Armstrong, she's a little beast!
  16. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member

    Thanks for the kind comments.

    I wanted to treat a G1 layout as in the smaller scales, and as I prefer the pre grouping period of the GWR there were no commercial items available so I would have to build all the engines and rolling stock.

    I bought a CNC milling machine which proved to be invaluable and eased the task. After learning how to use the CAD, CAM process I realised I could use the mill to make buildings as well as stock. To date the layout has taken five years to build.

  17. FH47331

    FH47331 Member

    Would love to see more of it Mike, you have made amazing progress in five years. Excuse my ignorance, but what does a CNC milling machine do? I am assuming it is to do with cutting metal?

  18. Mikemill

    Mikemill Active Member