Chris White's British Railways Waterloo/Wessex-UP Yellowstone North (HO)

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Contact Information
Chris White
290 Chason Wood Way
Roswell, GA 30076
Wheelchair Accessible: 

Layout Tour Dates

Saturday, November 11, 2017
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
The Waterloo to Wessex Line, part of the Southern Region of British Railways, is an HO/OO single level “point-to-point” layout with hidden areas to provide continuous operation. You will have the opportunity to see an OO layout set in the English countryside with English steam engines with express Pullman passenger cars, slow commuter passenger trains, and various “goods” trains (freight trains) operating between Waterloo in London and the southwest coast of England. The layout is now almost complete with approximately 90% of the scenery complete with a variety of English village and country scenes, including stations, churches, gardens, allotments, farms, village streets, canals, and pubs.

Although a layout is never ever complete, the British Railways layout is now 99% complete. You will also be able to see the start of a brand new layout in another room of the basement. Although not officially named, this layout is two levels with the major emphasis on operation. It will be Union Pacific operating in very scenic locations in Wyoming and Colorado. You will be able to view more conventional benchwork, a large helix, and a brand new layout in "early development mode”.

Scale HO/OO
Era May 1960
Size 20' x 16' with staging (fiddle yard) in an adjacent workshop
Prototype British Railways, Southern Region. London to the Southwest.
Locale Southern England
Layout Style Single level Point to point with hidden areas for continuous operation.
Benchwork Mainly 2 x 4 structure of unique design
Scenery 100% complete with highly detailed English countryside.
Buildings and bridges: Either scratch built or Hornby Skaledale.
Controls DCC - North Coast Engineering. Many of the locomotives have sound.
Wheelchair Accessible No





22 ft by 14 ft – double deck with helix


Union Pacific - transition period


Green River to South Yellowstone, Wyoming.


Transition period – mid 1950’s to early 1960’s.


Two track mainline with UP passing tracks

Mainline Length:

190 ft excluding helix

Layout height:

Lower level 38-in, Upper level 59-in


Open grid with 1x4s on 16-in centers, ½-in plywood, 1 ½ by 1 ½ supports.


Upper bench level is “hung” with rods from the roof joists.


California Roadbed – Homabed 60 deg.


Walthers Shinohara code 83 with spikes


Walthers Shinohara code 83 with spikes

Minimum Radius: 

No. 4’s in yards.

Maximum grade:

1 ½% in helix




Upson Board painted blue.


Digitrax DCC wireless

This layout is freelance based on an assumption that Union Pacific built a spur from Green River to South Yellowstone through the western mountain ranges of Wyoming.  This line transports passengers during the transition period from all over the United States to Yellowstone National Park before interstates and increased transportation by the family automobile.  It also serves industries between Green River and Yellowstone, including a coal mine, a power plant, a small brewery, a number of stock yard locations and a meat packing plant.

The layout is designed principally with operation in mind – with wider aisles and plenty of opportunities for a multiple of operations.  The layout includes a large passenger station at South Yellowstone as well as a substantial freight yard. 


Chason Wood Way is in "The Estates" sub-subdivision of the "Horseshoe Bend on the Chattahoochee" sub-division on Holcomb Bridge Road in East Roswell. Holcomb Bridge Road is Exit 7 on Ga. 400 (Exit 7A to Norcross to the right coming from the South.)
The entrance to Horseshoe Bend is approximately 2.6 miles east of Ga. 400 or eight traffic lights. The entrance road is Steeplechase Drive, well signposted on Holcomb Bridge Road. This is on the right hand side if you are coming from Ga. 400.

The entrance to The Estates is the second road to the right (approximately 1 mile) - River Cliff Drive. Travel on River Cliff Drive, go through a Stop sign, and then take the first road on the right. This is Chason Wood Way. Number 290 is on the left hand side up a slight hill. It may be best to go the end of the cul-de-sac and park on the right in front of 290.

If you should be coming from the east on Holcomb Bridge Road, Steeplechase Drive is approximately 1.1 mile west of Nesbit Ferry Road. (Holcomb Bridge Road is the westerly extension of Jimmy Carter Boulevard - or Ga. 140.)