White Swan Yard in Great Yarmouth opened in 1882 as part of the Yarmouth Union Railway built to connect Yarmouth Beach station on what was to become the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railways system with the quays in Yarmouth. In 1903 the Norfolk and Suffolk Joint Railway connecting Yarmouth with Lowestoft was opened as a joint venture between the M&GN and the Great Eastern Railway. The construction of this route created Caister Road junction where the old YUR line now left the double track line from Yarmouth Beach to Lowestoft which will feature to the rear of the model. This new route was built to pass over Caister Road whereas the former route of the YUR crossed the road on the level. Accordingly the YUR needed to climb to meet the new line at the junction. These gradients and embankments will be recreated on the model.
The model will be constructed in 4mm scale with a track gauge of 18.83mm as promoted by the Scalefour Society. The period depicted will be the late 1920s to mid 1930s allowing a number of different liveries to feature including M&GN â€˜light brownâ€™, dark brown and LNER black as used following the 1936 takeover of the M&GN by the LNER.
The branch was mainly operated by M&GN MR class 0-6-0Ts with a variety of M&GN, ex GER, GCR and GNR types appearing on the Yarmouth to Lowestoft line. Locomotives and rolling stock will be mainly kit or scratch built to portray the types used on the lines.
Baseboards are now under construction using an open frame twin beam method to allow the various gradients and embankments to be constructed.
A number of details will be produced using artwork produced on the PC for etching in brass and nickel silver and this is an area we believe can be explored further.