Pradeux – HO

For archival purposes, this is the description of the (now retired) club French layout

Pradeux is loosely based in the Northern Burgundy area of France, maybe around Dijon. This location, together with the period being anything from the 1950’s to the present day, gives the opportunity of running a wide range of stock, with electric, steam or diesel traction.

Layout Description

Scale/Gauge HO 1:87/ 16.5mm track gauge

Pradeux is loosely based in the Northern Burgundy area of France, maybe around Dijon. This location, together with the period being anything from the 1950’s to the present day, gives the opportunity of running a wide range of stock, with electric, steam or diesel traction.

The layout consists of two main running lines, with the potential for bi-directional running, a branch and a small goods area. A major aim in constructing a large continuous layout is to be able to run scale length trains, so although the station layout is prototypically quite simple, the 12-road fiddle yard is a veritable warren.

Baseboards are constructed from plywood and trackwork is all Peco Code 75. Most of the buildings are from plastic kits, either built as intended or Gallicised, by MKD, Faller and Jouef.

The main running lines and goods loop feature model 1500v DC catenary. The masts and wires are made by JV and are typical of SNCF Sud-Est Region. The area around the station gives ample opportunity to demonstrate another interest in our Group – road vehicles.

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We keep the trains running