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Some pictures for September

Harrow & Wealdstone. A class 4 Parcels drifts through on the Up Slow Line. A northbound Express on the Down Fast Line, as two 501s pass in the background on the DC Lines.     An up Express passes a Parcels working on the approaches to Linslade Tunnel.     An Express for Euston hurries through on the Up Fast Line at Watford Junction. In the background Tube and Local services prepare to leave the New Line platforms.     HS4000 maki

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Going into print. A two-parter coming up in the next two editions of 'Traction' magazine.

The Layout will be featuring in Traction magazine, as a two-parter, in the September/October issue, and the November/December Issue.     To the south of Harrow. A Derby Lightweight DMU approaches with the shuttle from Stanmore Village. The Tring to Kings Cross cement working heads south. Eagle eyed observers will note a Gresley Buffet Car in the southbound Express. Fortunately I had kept good records of the periods, and at least one example turned up on a Special which came

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More recent photos of 'West Coast in N'

A southbound Freightliner hurries towards Linslade Tunnel on the Up Slow Line. Memories of Summertime canalside walks of the 1970s.     A northbound Express thunders through Watford on the Down Fast Line, as a southbound Freightliner passes through on the Up Slow Line. No doubt the passengers are wondering if this will delay their service for London ?     A class 6 Parcels working for Hemel Hempstead rattles through Watford on the Down Slow Line.  

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Photos from the past few months 'West Coast in 'N'

A late running overnight Express races towards the Tunnels at Linslade. My choice of locations was mainly influenced from my early working career on the Southern end of the West Coast Main Line in the 1970s. The third part of a selection of stories is about to appear in Traction Magazine. Many more tales have already been posted on the Layout's Facebook page between September 1975 and June 1976, with more to follow up to 1979. Photos of the layout have been included in the stories to provide a b

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West Coast in 'N' some latest pictures

Approaching Watford from the south.   On the DC Side. A 1959 Tube set departs from Watford, as a Metropolitan A60 arrives on a service from Baker Street via the Croxley Link.   Alongside the Grand Union canal at Linslade. Northbound Freight.   A Derby Lightweight Single Car DMU waits to leave platform 7 at Harrow & Wealdstone for Stanmore Village.   To the south of Harrow.   Motorail versus Coal. Passing through Harrow.   47 passes 47 at Watford.   Busy period at Harrow.

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West Coast 1970s N, some recent photos

Tube stock passing at Headstone Lane on the 'New Line'. Passing the Sports Ground at Headstone Lane. 'Peak' southbound at Linslade. To the south of Watford Harrow & Wealdstone. The Stanmore Village DMU waits to leave from Platform 7 after connecting with the Bletchley 'Local'. A short Parcels working from Hemel Hempstead paces the Stanmore Village service. North end at Harrow. Two 73s thrash south on Diesel power. Looking north through Watford as a 304 EMU calls at the Up Slow Platfor

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Topping off some Tunnel Portals (a small rainy day job)

One of the jobs I have been meaning to do for ages was to add some castellated ornaments above my representation of Linslade Tunnels. As I didn't have enough space to recreate the gap between the Up and Down Fast Lines at the real location I had to settle on a slightly different arrangement, and my Tunnel has four instead of three towers. Hopefully the end result looks something like the real thing? Making up the castle towers using leftover bits of cardboard and embossed plasticard. Adding so

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Latest pictures from the past few weeks

The latest selection of pictures from my little slice of 70s West Coast Main Line   To the south of Harrow Racing northwards at Linslade The Manchester Pullman passes an Inspection Saloon south of Harrow Southbound Express raises the dust as it passes Harrow & Wealdstone Peeping over the Hoardings at Harrow The Widnes to North Wembley BOC Tankers pass Harrow Harrow & Wealdstone Express Parcels hammers through Harrow Harrow overview The 'Piggy Bank' Bullion Special passes thro

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

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. Freights pass on the Slow Lines as a southbound 501 scoots along on its way to Euston. HS4000 heading north on an empty MGR working. The Kings Cross to

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

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 electric in the Up Fast platform another Express comes round it on the Up Slow Line, and is signalled to cross back to the Up Fast Line. if you were fortu

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Carry on Operating, the West Coast in N gauge continues

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 share for those that are interested. So here we go. Harrow & Wealdstone. two 304s pass on the Slow Lines, while a Cravens 105 DMU sits in

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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.   Andy.

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N Gauge Mark 2 Pullmans and other modified stock

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 the Manchester and Liverpool Pullman services. There had been a plentiful supply of early Farish Coaches at the time, those that had the windo

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Building up the Fleet AC Locos in N

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 attempts were at class 85s built round some secondhand Fleischmann continental AC locos. However these were a bit overscale in width, topping out at a

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Signalling, all a matter of Control?

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 feet out and back. To keep an eye on things I installed track circuiting throughout and automatic four aspect signals. At this time I bought a lot

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

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 the case of the 310 the window section was replaced by solid plasticard. Windows were marked out and then drilled out and filed to shape. In the cas

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Creating the London Underground (Overground?)

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 at Harrow, about to set off for Elephant & Castle. By carefully looking at the front of the set you might see that it has Northern Line type D

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West Coast in N

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 Bletchley to Euston.   To the south of the station the actual area has had to be modified from reality, as with only 30 inches of width I had to scal

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