March & District Model Railway Club
To promote and encourage the interest in and building of model railways. Mostly but not exclusively in ‘OO’ 4mm scale, ‘O’ 16.5mm narrow gauge and also ‘N’ gauge.

Torrecastle Viaduct – David Evans


Set in the 1970s to 80s, when BR blue livery ruled supreme, Torrecastle Viaduct is a freelance layout constructed in 2mm/ft scale and built with N gauge code 55 track. The layout is continuous, featuring a double track main line which emerges from a tunnel and immediately crosses a viaduct over a gorge cut by a river through the rock. The landscape then levels out and runs through farmland before entering an urban area and disappearing beneath a town which still retains part of its original Roman walls. Provincial trains appear through a separate tunnel mouth and run into the station before commencing their return journey. Ten storage sidings are out of sight of the viewing area and can hold a maximum of twenty six trains, thus ensuring a continuous and varied supply of trains.

The model is not time-specific, however the line is in the process of modification, with colour light signals appearing, but not yet working, which will replace the old semaphore signals. There is growing evidence of an overhead catenary system being erected, although this is not yet functional.


1990s to 2006 liveried stock can be operated, if requested.


The aims of the layout are to keep trains moving on the main lines and to provide a degree of interest in the scenic sections by displaying various cameo scenes.


If you would like Torrecastle Viaduct to appear at your exhibition, the layout details are:

Layout size – 12ft by 2ft 6 ins with an operating area of 14 ft by 5ft 6 ins.

Operations – 2 operators (1 power point required).

Value for insurance purposes - £5000.

Expenses – fuel for one car from Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Contact – David Evans on 01353 663024 or via secretary@mdmrc.co.uk.