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  1. Looking at the track plan suggested, and given you like modelling can I suggest an often forgotten location... Peterborough East? PBE was on the south of the river, and curves into PB North under the East coast mainline and in an earlier time would also have a junction for Northampton (current NVR trackbed). The meadow the line passes between the bridges most of the year is a car park but for four weeks holds a fairground (as seen in this map). The ECML at this point crosses the river in a series of viaducts and impressive bridges. The station itself was a little unusual in that the tracks had platforms both sides and an overall roof. An overall roof would allow you to model part of the station and use licence to lead in to you FY. http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/p/peterborough_east/ https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Peterborough_iron_bridge_with_train.jpg With regard to turntables, PBE did have a turntable on at the East end in the MPD, but if you limit the right hand scope this would go. BTW the turntable is now at the Nene Valley Railway, and as described is a 70' version which I think the NVR extended (?). A little detail I discovered recently is that in the late 60's Peterborough put in a bid to retain PBE to serve the proposed National Railway Museum which would have been between the station and the river. As the NRM went to York PBE was fully closed in the 70's. If you build a "might have been" around this you could include a NRM with turntable and pretty much any type of rolling stock esp if you really stretch the point and allow a link to the NVR at Peterborough. Check Google for this location. The history has potential, but you'll have some interesting compromises to make, there is almost too much to choose from. https://www.google.com/maps/@52.5671519,-0.2396437,550m/data=!3m1!1e3 https://www.old-maps.co.uk/#/Map/519500/299500/13/101329 you'll need to lose some of the sidings but it can be made to work. Just one more thought - you could alternatively move the station west to the land between the bridges and integrate the NRM and call it "New Peterborough East for the NRM". The idea of a train on the bridge held at a signal for PB North would look good imo
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