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.
Steam power used to be in evidence, and was an interest going back to earlier days when running a layout at my last home in Surrey, and on the test tracks of the South East Surrey 16mm NGM group at Merstham. However, steam just doesn't fit in happily here. It sits uncomfortably on a layout which has tight turns and involves tricky shunting tasks. Battery power is a more practical way.
The radii has also been found to favour short wheelbase 4-wheeled rolling stock. So, all in all, I regret the line is a selfish one of personal satisfaction rather than hoping to impress and be of interest to hardened steam buffs.
Battery power also lends itself well to the often intermittent nature of instant operation in a relaxed and uncomplicated way...similar to the casual convenience of a conventional indoor model railway. But importantly, being a naturist when company isn't around, the obvious danger of scalding hot steam scarring me for life is also eliminated. Better safe than sorry.
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