Christchurch Model Railway Club

Portfield '00' gauge 18' x 9' club layout.


Wessex Model Railway


    Best Layout 1989


It took four members at a time to operate Portfield. Behind the scenes it had a five track fiddle-yard for holding trains in both up and down directions, while the paying public saw the main line station, a branch line and dock scene for shunting.

Portfield needed 15 locomotives to operate it successfully; elegant Bulleid pacific (4-6-2 wheel arrangement) Battle of Britain, West Country and the heavier Merchant Navy class engines, tank engines like the Drummond M7s that did such sterling work on the Ringwood, Lymington and numerous other branch lines in the south, and numerous others.

Portfield is now retired after over 20 years of sterling service.