Pinehill & Watersmede Railway

Mr JigStones

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Next meet of Group 'A' (Drivers CF, CB, PC) March 2015 TBA

Welcome!

The Pinehill & Watersmede Railway is a 16mm:1ft (SM32) line operated mainly by myself, plus a small following of friends' assistance during the better months of the year, many thanks to David P-P., Clive F. and Colin B.

As explained in the introductory demonstration youtube video of my own modelling techniques, I began in 16mm by realising a need for a system which I could call upon for the building of sturdy weatherproof structures of great variety. As nothing of this nature was available at the time, and this was in the 1980's, I designed one, and called it JigStones... 

But my own garden railway isn't crammed with JigStones models for the sake of it. Model villages simply aren't my thing. There are just eight buildings which are mainly railway related, plus some miscellaneous structural detail.

This personal website, as well as presenting an opportunity to show views of my own railway and its progress, also offers some guidance for anyone new to JigStones modelling. Please go to the menu above to find various topics which might interest you. Other websites I run deal with such things as P&WR photos about light hearted fictitious goings on relating to the railway (www.mrjigstonestoo.webs.com), and building plans which might be useful to JigStones newcomers, or oldcomers, (www.mrjigstonesplans.webs.com). 

16mm:1ft and G are the main scales catered for with JigStones, though specific 16mm items I introduced originally are no longer available. For ideas in 7/8th scale here is shown evidence of attractive use of the walling components spotted at Bill Reynolds's 'Amalgamated Conserves Tramway'. A smaller 1/32 scale, and even smaller 'H0', version is also available through the German based manufacturer A & A Bretzler.

Following the tragic demise of Steve Warrington in January -  Steve was the owner of the excellent back2bay6 garden railway outlet which has now ceased trading, and was the sole dealership for JigStones in the UK - availability of JigStones product in Britain is currently unknown. I believe a large range is still available from the manufacturer A & A Bretzler Feine Spielzug, Boblingen, Germany. The USA agent Trains-LI seem also to carry stock.  

Thank you for visiting.

Pete Chandler

Last updated February 28th 2015 

Above: The imagined empire of the P&WR


Traction is strictly battery powered, and 50% of this is radio controlled, due to limited access in some areas for manually operated units. Locos range down from a Roundhouse 'Criccieth Castle' to a diminutive quarry loco, somewhat stranded on the high level of Silvercliff Quarry. The current assemblage of units covers all degrees of hauling capabilities. 


Radii are also sometimes tight, requiring short wheelbase 4-wheeled rolling stock. 


There are five stations and one halt, with extensive sidings under cover both inside and outside at South Yard and North Yard respectively, and multi levels of track route enable a mainly ground level run (continuous if preferred) to gain the necessary height required to reach the covered area to the right of the layout. A pierhead extension is planned below Manorton Station, to link with a future possible passenger ferry service.


I'm hoping to make it all as interesting to look at as it is for operating, and hope that I'm more or less succeeding in this goal. The infrastructure is now almost complete, and additional detailing is a next task.


Since the plan below was drawn up extra sidings have been added to South Yard, and the short reverse siding at Pinehill has been lifted, the bay siding being more practical as a goods siding.


Below: The actual layout of the P&WR