Wayne Sharrocks - Redborne Parkway

Redborne Parkway was my first N Gauge layout. It was started in November 2017 and built very quickly, but the scenic work was built in stages, taking just over a year to finish.  It is approximately 4ft x 2.5ft. It is wired as a dc layout, with 2 loops, a yard with hidden sidings behind. It also has 7 working 2-aspect colour light signals and 2 static semaphore signals. The track plan was taken from the Peco Setrack Plan book and modified slightly to allow the inclusion of the yard and a runaround loop in the hidden sidings.

Redborne Parkway is based in West Cornwall, somewhere between Redruth and Camborne (hence the name Redborne) and is served by the mainline running through Cornwall. Platform 3 of the railway station is the easternmost terminal of the Roscoath Steam Railway and occasionally steam trains can be spotted arriving into the station. The Steam Railway crosses the mainline just to the east of the station and when heritage trains arrive at the station, mainline trains have to be held just outside of Platform 2 to allow them to traverse the mainline, partly travelling wrong road as they pull into the station.

Platform 1 is the down platform, serving all stations down to Penzance. Platform 2, the up, serves all stations as far as Paddington. Passenger services through Redborne Parkway are operated by First Great Western, and lately GWR.

The yard is mainly used as stabling sidings for freight trains. In the yard there is an engine shed and water tower (all owned by Roscoath Steam Railway). EWS operate freight services along the line, serving the mines between here and Shortstone, the closest being Wheal Roscoath mine, situated on the hill just above the station.