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This station is currently under construction, so photos will appear in due course.

  The track is all Peco, with the turntable from Fleischman. The plan is adapted from one by Cyril J Freezer in his Peco Publications, Track Plans book. Although in the book it is a terminus, I decided to make it a through station, and while trying to work out how to fit it in to the shed, I reversed it. I used the same plan, as a terminus, for Nordbad in my previous attempt as I felt that there was still a lot of operational capability for it.

  Bonton, the largest town in Bondale, and is at the head of the valley. It is the home of the Bondale Brewing company and also has Bondale Transformers, both of which are served by the railway.

  The station is a junction where the line splits into a double track to the South West and Single to the North West. Just a little to the East the line comes in from Bustdale, so reversing and marshalling facilities are provided so that coal from Bustdale Colliery can be sent down the valley to York. Bonton also serves as the terminus for trains from Bustham, the small town at the head of Bustdale.

  Bonton is the last station of the LNER so some trains from York will terminate there,  as do passenger trains from Bustham. On the freight side of operations. Coal trains from Bustdale will either reverse at Bonton or carry on through as will the empties on their way to Bustdale Colliery. Some through freight uses the line as well as pickup goods being sorted to and from Bustham.

.  These activities make Bonton quite a busy station, and there seems to be always something happening there. Shunting at the main yard, the transformer factory and of course the brewery.

The bottle label for Yorkie Terrier. Bonnie, pictured above, loved her beer, and would have approved of a beer named after her.

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The revised plan for Bonton with extra platforms and sidings. The brewery sits top Right while the transformer factory is bottom right. The Goods relief line is amber.

The JMRI panel for Bonton. This is as seen from the main operating position. The turntable is by Fleischmann with the digital controller which is connected to JMRI by the loconet feed. The turntable has a switchable bridge so that while rotating does not short out with the spurs. The signals are 3 aspect, coming from a well known on-line auction site, controlled by NCE Light it decoders. I still have a few point motors to install and most of the signals. The red Goods Down approach shows that the section is occupied. Look at the signals appreoaching it.

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Images and text © Chris Rohrer. Yorkie Terrior label based on an image by Linda Anderson and used by permission