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West Wiltshire Model Railway Circle

Dépôt de Camion - Stuart Conlon

N Scale - 1:160


This layout was inspired by a visit to a model railway shop in Lucerne Switzerland. For sale was a set of wagons and vehicles modelling the “rollende landstrasse” or rolling highway as it is referred to in English. Switzerland has hit on the marvellous idea of charging commercial vehicles exorbitant amounts of tolls for travelling across its territory. The only way the toll is avoided is by putting the lorries on trains to take them across Switzerland. Having purchased the set at a bargain price, even though this was in Switzerland, the layout was then imagined, developed, and finally built and named temporarily Depôt des Camions. The lorry depot is set near or in the third of Switzerland that has French as the main language, which means I can run my French rolling stock on the layout. The imaginary site is near to the outskirts of a large town on a main railway line, so allowing running both main line and suburban stock. The lorry trains are in reality of considerable length, twenty or more wagons behind the coach carrying the lorry drivers.