Welcome to Rhyd; a model of an imaginary branch of the narrow gauge Ffestiniog Railway in North Wales. It depicts a station that was built in the yard of a much older slate mill when the original tramway was upgraded to passenger use. It is in the heart of a typical North Wales village, clinging to the mountainside.
The model is in '0' scale, 7mm to the foot, with a track gauge of 14mm, giving the 2ft gauge of the real thing; the scale is known as 014. This scale has very limited trade support and everything on the layout is either scratch- or kit-built.
Most of the locomotives and rolling stock are models of vehicles still running on the Ffestiniog Railway today; but the timescale of the layout is deliberately ambiguous to allow the running of model engines and trains that are now long gone (or not yet rebuilt by the Heritage Group if you prefer!)
Please look around: each button leads to a 'Header' page, containing general information on the subject, and drop down menus with specific information, and some of these have further sub-menus. To make browsing easier you can also go to the next (or previous) page with buttons at the bottom of each page.
If you require any information please e-mail via the link above. We would also like to receive your favourite photos of the layout via the same address. We will always ask your permission before using your photos on this site.
The model has appeared in Narrow Gauge and Industrial Review (January 2013 - Number 93) - and British Railway Modelling (May 2013) and Hornby Magazine November 2015. It has appeared at Inverness Model Railway Exhibition in 2011, Perth Model Railway Show 2012, Model Rail Scotland 2013, Narrow Gauge North & ExpoNG in 2014 and Model Rail Scotland again in 2016.
The layout has now 'retired' for the foreseeable future apart from its planned final outing at Warley in autumn 2017. Hopefully we will see you there.