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Scale / Gauge: 7mm / O gauge
Era: 1950-1960
Size: 10.46m x 6.14m
Type: Steam/diesel period
Transport used: Long-wheel based transit van with tail lift
Previous Exhibitions: Peterborough 2013
Railex 2015
Chatham 2016
Description: The layout, which is still in development, is based on a fictional station set on the ex-LNWR line between Whitchurch and Chester in Cheshire. Although there was never a large station with yard at Grindley Brook the location was chosen as the point at which the railway crossed the Llangollen Canal. Only later did we discover that the LMS had indeed opened a halt at this location in 1937!

The whole of the scenic area is scratch built using photos of actual LNWR buildings, signals and infrastructure brought together to create a typical LNWR station of the early 1870s, updated by the LMS and, ultimately, passed into the ownership of BR. being on the boundaries of the London Midland and Western Regions, the trains are predominantly LM but with a sprinkling of WR workings.

The track is handbuilt from C&L components to the finer standards of 31.5mm gauge (0-MF), with the track layout being determined by the overall curve of the layout, which allows it to fit in place of one side of the Club’s test track. Control is exercised by the signalman, using a miniature lever frame with full mechanical interlocking, leaving the drivers to do just that, following the signal aspects.
Layout Owner: Hillingdon Railway Modellers
Owner Contact Name: Peter Storey
Owner contact email address: p.storey@virgin.net
Owner contact telephone: 020 8368 4090
Forthcoming exhibitions booked: Telford 2017
Warley 2017
Wigan 2018
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