Just a quick update on progress so far. Upon showing the first pictures to my wife she said that the layout looked too rural for it to be Perry Barr. Whilst the there is a Park to the north of the station there were obvious signs of it being in a suburban, Green Belt area - it was right next to a Shopping Centre (Lynton Square in the 70/80's) and the original site of the Dog Track Stadium - but these could hardly be seen from the station as the ground sloped off rapidly behind the station. However, I put a factory in and some more trees etc to balance this out a bit. You can go overboard on backscenes so I like to keep them as simple as possible. The following pictures are the latest offerings.
A detailed Lima Class 31 - a great motor but does not like running on Code 75 Concrete Track - there's a 3ft length of this in the lead up to the station. The old Polly in the background (now the UCE) is just a sourced picture pasted onto card and placed right behind the station building.
This is a hacked about Hornby Class 86 (Pheonix) that has been renumbered and given an etched double arrow. Note the absence of the Springs - that was how the 86's first came out of the shop. They developed cracking on the frames so the suspension was beefed up, even the wheels were given rubber inserts I believe at a later date. It's pulling a Royal Mail train.
Whilst these express trains never stopped at Perry Barr, they were often seen on this stretch of the line (The Chase Line) when maintenance work was being carried out on the Wolverhampton to Birmingham main line route.
The Southern Pride Class 304 has arrived so I'm going to start work on that. However, it came minus the detailing frets containing the hinges and handles etc so I'm stuck for a while awaiting their arrival. Wish me luck as it's my first kit build and it looks like a lot of hard work.