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Gaugemaster Open Weekend 2016

LAYOUT SPOTLIGHT - Kuritu Line

On 3rd and 4th September the South of Englandís biggest free Model Railway Exhibition is back; The Gaugemaster Model Railway Open Weekend.

In the run up to the show, RIGHT LINES we will be looking at a few of the many superb model railway layouts being exhibited over the weekend. This issue, it is the turn of Kuritu Line - a N Scale Japanese Inter-Urban layout built by Ian Milroy.

Kuritu Layout

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Kuritu is interesting because it transitions from the agricultural countryside to a busy town. The layout is 6'x2' and double-sided, with town and country built either side of a partition. An oval of track circles the baseboard, with sidings. This temple sits next to a level crossing.

Kuritu Layout

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On the urban side, the railway line intersects with the road as it passes down a busy street. Running stock is mainly Kato, with bits from other manufacturers like Modemo and Tomix. The small size of the layout necessitates short trains, but this just adds to its charm.

Kuritu Layout

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There are many quintessentially Japanese features on the layout, such as the Torii Gate on the urban part of the layout. The buildings are a mix of pre-built, and adapted or scratch built buildings - including some Kato buildings from their Dio-Town range.

Kuritu Layout

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The depot on the rural side of the railway adds running interest, and the shed is also a pre-built Kato building. All of the points are manually operated by dowels and bellcranks. The layout is simply controlled by a Gaugemaster twin track controller, one track controlling the main circuit, and the other the track around the depot.

Kuritu Layout

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This view shows the whole layout with the divider down the middle, showing the clear contrast between the two sides of the layout - from the paddy fields, to the urban station.

Kuritu Line is being exhibited at the Gaugemaster Model Railway Open Weekend on 3rd and 4th September 2016, one of nearly 20 layouts on show in many different scales, depicting railways from around the world. Entry is free, with free parking, and you can learn more about what else is going on by clicking HERE.

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