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  1. The Gaugemaster kit was originally produced by North American company Atlas and is indeed 1:87 scale . With prototypical British power grid infrastructure in 1:76 scale , modellers have generally had limited options . Severn Models and N-SCENIC produce brass/laser cut products which greatly reduce costs . Substations are more or less non existent with only Hornby and Bachmann focusing on 11kV and third rail structures while P&D Marsh have a 132kV substation , sadly only available in N . The most logical reason is down to production costs ,as substations tend to be rather complex structures , affordable injection tooling would be prohibitive.
  2. 1:76 scale 132kV ‘polons’ , very prolific on the British landscape but rarely featured in the modelling world.
  3. Great article covering constructing the Severn Model pylon kit back in March . I’ve scratch built quite a few 1:76 scale pylon models using the original CEGB/National Grid blueprints/drawings for accuracy, very time consuming but worth it , all are British designs .
  4. Another model , this 1:76 scale British sub was constructed back in the 1960’s .
  5. Took a photo featuring the sub at Basingstoke which is situated between the mainline and National Grid substation.
  6. Only Hornby (Scaledale 11kV) and Bachmann (Scenecraft SR 3rd rail) have produced dedicated British designs in 1:76 scale while the P&D Marsh (132kV) sub is available in N.
  7. No doubt there’s a degree of modelling license in this kit ,.
  8. Originally this was probably manufactured abroad under a different brand ,especially as Gaugemaster’s Fordhampton range also features a few ex Hornby kits too. In terms of off the shelf British prototypical substation models , very little appears to have been produced .
  9. There are a few dotted about in towns and cities as well as rural locations . On both the East and West coast mainlines they supply power directly from the National Grid to the overhead catenary . The accompanying photos illustrate their proximity to the railway network .
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