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Redbridge Wharf


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Redbridge Wharf

The club has embarked on an ambitious new 4mm OO scale layout, Redbridge Wharf.
This is based on the location of the now demolished Redbridge Sleeper works. The real location sits on the Northern shore of Southampton Water at the mouth of the river Test. There has been wharf in this location for several hundred years and the railways moved into the area in the late 1800s. Initially the railways used this area as a holding place for materials as the route developed west then moved to the manufacture of sleepers, bridge timbers and cast track components. In the final years the site was used for the assembly of long welded rail sections and the laying out of large pointwork complexes.  

The design places the public view across a section of the River Test/Southampton Water as though they are looking from Eling / Marchwood. This puts the wharf as the centre point with the works behind and Redbridge station and junction to the rear. The junction provides a constant stream of traffic, with a rich mixture of mainline, branch and freight. Redbridge causeway, both rail and road, frame the left hand end of the layout.  

Key elements are:
- The wharf with a gantry crane, mobile steam/diesel cranes and numerous piles of timber, concrete sleepers and a barge.
- The river itself with salt marshes, mudflats, water and the causeway
- The timber pond
- The foundry and associated buildings.
- The high pressure creosote plant with narrow gauge feed tracks running into the pressure vessels.
- The weld tester.
- Point complexes being assembled in the yard.
- Masses of oddball equipment and clutter!  

The new rail and road causeways, and the laying of third rail sets 1965 as the earliest possible operating date, and as such the 1967 appearance is the aim, offering operating flexibility from late steam through to modern image.  

Construction is well underway. The layout had its first successful exhibition outing in May 2017 at Brockenhurst, and is available for future bookings from 2018 onwards. Please visit out 'Contact' page for bookings.

Wharf layout and trackplan:

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