PORTH ERYRI 

Somewhere in North West Wales 009 4mm

This was an Ebay win in 2011 and is an unfinished 4'x2' 'Rabbit Warren' style 009 layout. All the track works, so I just need to sort some of the electrics, then ballasting and scenics can commence. Bought originally for my collection of HO narrow gauge trams, I may well add some steam locomotives and small diesels to cover the maintenance trains.

Originally, I decided to set it in the  Hautes-Alpes region of France, in the provence of Alpes-Cote d'Azur and is an area I'm familiar with, but in snowy conditions, as I undertook the Croisiere Blanche (a 4x4 snow driving event) in 1998. The model won't bear any likeness to a town or railway in the area, as it's all in my mind! The area it is set in is east of Gap, which has featured in the WRC Monte Carlo Rally and the Tour de France a few times, especially in 2011. I thought 'Ancelle' was the village we stayed in during the 'Croisiere', but that turned out to be Orcieres-Merlette, but I still considered Ancelle to be a good name for the layout!

However, I have since decided to rename it 'Porth Eryri' and recommence working on it as a North West Wales tourist line, set in the present.