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Keeping on track, West Coast N in action. (Pictures)

Posted by anroar53 , 14 May 2018 - - - - - - · 351 views

Another selection of pictures from the past two months of running the layout.

Up and Down Expresses pass at Watford Junction

In the DC Lines at Watford Junction a line up of trains wait their turn to depart.

Racing alongside the Grand Union Canal at Linslade, Southbound Express overtakes a Freightliner working.

Looking north towards Harrow. Freigh...


Cold days, good enough reason to retire to the railway Room

Posted by anroar53 , 18 March 2018 - - - - - - · 353 views

Re-creating summertime walks by the Grand Union canal in the 1970s

Busy time to the south of Harrow. A 25 slows for the Yard on the Trip Freight from Stanmore Village.

A 1938 Tube set emerges from the High Street Loop as it arrives at Watford Junction. This set contains experimental 'sunshine' car no. 10306.

As a 25 couples up to a failed electri...


Carry on Operating, the West Coast in N gauge continues

Posted by anroar53 , 06 December 2017 - - - - - - · 415 views

It's been a while since my last entry. Things have been busy. The layout has now appeared in last October's edition of Model Rail, and the two-parter in the N Gauge Journal has just finished. However, the layout looks set to be appearing in Hornby magazine later next year. In the meantime the layout has been up and running, and I have some more photos to...


Going into Print

Posted by anroar53 , 01 September 2017 - - - - - - · 208 views
Going into Print Just a bit of a heads up. My layout will be featuring in the next issue (240-October) of Model Rail magazine. Should be out around 15 September. Just finished a quick look at the proof article and it gives a fairly balanced overview with what could be fitted in over five pages.  


N Gauge Mark 2 Pullmans and other modified stock

Posted by anroar53 , 24 June 2017 - - - - - - · 443 views

Down the years there has been, and still is, a number of gaps in the availability of Rolling Stock in N Gauge. Fortunately things have been improving of late, but when I began to model the West Coast Main Line nearly twenty years ago it was a case of improvisation and making use of items then available. One of my first projects was the Mark 2 Pullmans for...


Building up the Fleet AC Locos in N

Posted by anroar53 , 18 June 2017 - - - - - - · 406 views

About twenty years ago I was faced with the problem of how to try and model the West Coast Main Line in N, but with only the Farish 87, and the Lima 86 available? The only solution was to try and fill the gaps by scratch building all the missing items. This had started as a project to run them on the exhibition layout 'Kings Park'. The first three attempt...


Signalling, all a matter of Control?

Posted by anroar53 , 10 June 2017 - * * * * * · 358 views

Part of the Control set up. One of five panels, this one looking after Harrow.

When I began my West Coast project I wanted to use Track occupation and four aspect signals. Fortunately, about twenty five years ago I had run a large scale experiment with N Gauge in the garden. (Railway Modeller April/August 1995). This consisted of about a run of 250 fe...


EMUs of the WCML (and other visitors) in 'N'

Posted by anroar53 , 04 June 2017 - * * * * * · 486 views

Two 501 sets coast into Harrow on a Euston to Watford local service. A Kenny O to Perth Motorail passes on the Down Fast. On the Slow Lines two eight car 310s pass each other. 
304 meets 310 at the south end of Watford. These units were constructed using old style Farish coaches which had the removable window strips. These had been taken out. In t...


Creating the London Underground (Overground?)

Posted by anroar53 , 03 June 2017 - * * * * - · 433 views

My quest to build some Underground stock started off as a gimmick, one un-motorised set between some match wagons being hauled round by a 47. It didn't stay a gimmick for long when the set was motorised by a couple of Arnold N Kof shunting locos, made into a simple chassis. 
A once timeless scene, a 1938 Tube set sits in the Up 'New Line' Platform a...


West Coast in N

Posted by anroar53 , 02 June 2017 - * * * * * · 2,840 views
WCML N Gauge
Have just about finished a 10 year project, although a few minor things need completing, the layout is now in its fully functioning state. 
A length of about thirty feet in N Gauge has allowed me to attempt full size stations. Hopefully the station frontage is recognisable (without reading the station name).
A class 310 calls on a local from Bletchl...

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