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No 238

summer 2017

Welcome to Feldspar

N Gauge Coffee Table Model Railway


Available for exhibition

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Ray & Anna's Railways

Photography by Chris Nevard courtesy of Model Rail magazine

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Meet The Build & Operations Team

Anna & Ray have been living together in a small village in North Essex for the last 10 years or so. Anna works in the Laser industry whilst Ray is very happily in retirement mode.

Anna and Ray are also members of a touring folk band "Two Coats Colder" which takes up quite a lot of their time. 

Anna also enjoys horse riding, carriage driving, running and Kayaking. Ray keeps tropical fish and drinks lots of tea Lol :-)


Both Anna and Ray came to model railways quite late in life and have only been actively pursuing their hobby for 4 years.

Living in a very small house Ray was trying to think of ways to have a small railway without all the normal storage problems and getting in Annas way. The idea of possibly building a layout in a coffee table came his way (Not an original idea but a solution) So one day Ray decided to ask Anna if she would mind sharing the front room with a coffee table layout. To his surprise Anna jumped at the chance and not only loved the idea she also wanted to be in on the build...........and the rest as they say is history Lol ;-) 

Feldspar The Story And Technical  Info

As seen in Model Rail Magazine Summer 2017

Feldspar is an n gauge coffee table layout, Fictional in the 1960s

Using Code 55 fine scale Peco flex i track


  • Running DCC through a Roco z21 Controller with its own Wi Fi connection to allow control from a smart phone of Pad.

  • The original table was recycled from a discarded pine bed. The exhibition version is made from stained white wood and ihas been made to come apart easily for transportation.

  • Feldspar made the illustrious pages of “Model Rail magazine”  Summer 2017.

  • The railway station is situated on the outskirts of Feldspar, a small market town somewhere right in the middle of England.  The layout is set in the late '50s / early '60s; heavy industry - mining for the local granodiorite (a granite-like rock) - has tapered off and the Criollo & Co. chocolate factory is now the town's largest employer.  The railway services that, and a coal yard, as well as the town.

  • What is Feldspar ? ………  “Feldspar” is a component of granite rock.  Granodiorite is particularly rich in feldspar.

  • What is ”Criollo" ? ………. Criolio is the finest of the three types of cocoa bean used in the chocolate industry (and, not at all coincidentally, is also the name of a type of horse - a tip of the hat to one of Anna's other main interests).

FELDSPAR : The Technical Stuff


Owned built and operated by Ray Taylor & Anna Bass

Layout type : N gauge Tail chaser (Coffee Table)

Layout Size : 4 ft x 2 ft ( 122 cm x 61 cm )

Overall display and operating size required : Corner position 

Full display (Includes walls, carpet, chairs and standard lamp :

Minimum area required : 8ft 6 inch x 8ft 6 inch (260 cm x 260 cm )

Overall display and operating size required : Non - Corner position 

Full display (Includes walls, carpet, chairs and standard lamp

Minimum area required : 10 ft wide x 7ft deep (304cm x 213cm)

Track height : 24 inch / 61 cm ( viewable for standing, sitting and children)

Operated from any side (Wi-Fi)

 Layout has its own lighting

Electrical safety : PAT tested certificate

Layout operation : DCC 

Insurance value : £8000

Expenses required  :  30p per mile

Operators : 2 persons (1 male, 1 female)

Transportation : Fits in our own Vehicle

Home base : Great Bardfield, North Essex​

If you are at all interested in having "Feldspar" at your Exhibition/Show in the future, please don't hesitate to get in contact with us, either by email, phone, text or from our "Get In Touch form". We would love to hear from you. Ray & Anna

Ray & Anna 1 Vine Street, Great Bardfield, Essex, CM7 4SR.   tel /text  07881074412.    email

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