CAMLAS - a 00 gauge model railway



Following the relative success of my original exhibition layout HOLM, I decided to build another layout but a little smaller. CAMLAS (Welsh for canal) is a 9 foot x 1ft9in (2.74m x 0.53m) GWR branch line based mainly on Newcastle Emlyn (Carmarthenshire). Newcastle Emlyn station and goods yard have now disappeared but in its heyday goods and livestock traffic were heavy (between 2000 to 3000 tons of coal and around 800 trucks of livestock per year were handled for instance). Basically everything came into the area by rail as the road system was poor. This gives a good excuse to utilise the range of railway goods vehicles I own. So coal and PO wagons will be very evident along with cattle trucks and fuel tankers.

As with most layouts, I had to compromise and reduce the sidings by one, and move the cattle dock so that I could fit the station building and goods yard into the relatively narrow base boards. Again, because of the narrow boards, I was unable to model the River Teifi which ran parallel to the railway line so a siding was added which led to a brewery and mill with a canal wharf. Alongside the wharf is a butty boat awaiting its load of barrels and flour.

This part of Wales is a rural area and this can be seen with the farmer ploughing his fields and sheep grazing in the meadow whilst the cattle await their transport to wherever!

Trackwork is Peco Code 75, the station building and goods shed are laser cut wood from C&L, whilst I have again relied on Metcalfe buildings in the industrial area alongside the wharf. The butty boat is made from a Langley kit as were the wharf walls, the "water" is from Deluxe Materials and very easy to use. The cattle dock is from Ratio with animals mainly by Preiser.

A full article about "CAMLAS" appeared in the September 2015 edition of "Railway Modeller".

Video below by David White at the Calne Model Railway Show 2016.


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