The layout depicts the railway at a small-to-medium sized town on a secondary main line.
The station consists of three platforms and a bay, normally used for parcels traffic.
Nearby is a stabling point for the station pilot and for the layover of other locomotives.
There is also a small goods/coal yard where shunting is usually in progress. All rolling
stock is provided by club members and comprises mainly proprietary items but with some
kit-built models. The operating day is generally split into two sessions each covering a
different period of the railway era in Britain.
The layout is 12' x 8' in size, constructed on eight 4' x 2' boards. Essentially it is a
double track oval with scenery on three sides and could be considered a suitable design
for a layout in the home. Trackwork is Peco Streamline (Code 100 Rail) with point control
by electric motors. Three controllers supply the power independently to the two main lines
and the goods yard but with limited switching to allow movement through certain sections
of track to be carried out by either of the main controllers.
Sparkford has been a popular exhibition layout
for many years, and its popularity continues. It has also
featured in two TV programmes, ‘My Hero’ and ‘The