Dews­bury Midland

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Builder: Manch­ester Model Rail­way So­ci­ety Is­sues it ap­peared in: MR129 April 2009, MR130 May 2009 Cho­sen by: Ge­orge Dent, Deputy Ed­i­tor

Manch­ester MRS’ ‘Dews­bury Midland’ is a perfect ex­am­ple of a lay­out that in­stantly cap­tures a sense of place and time. Just a quick glance tells you it’s set some­where in a gritty north­ern conur­ba­tion, most likely West York­shire, at any point be­tween 1950 and 1980. See­ing the lay­out for the first time, at the 2004 Manch­ester show, it gen­uinely took my breath away. In fact, I’ve yet to be en­rap­tured by an­other lay­out to the same de­gree since. I must have spent a cou­ple of hours por­ing over the scenic and ar­chi­tec­tural de­tail. As with some of the best lay­outs, the trains be­come al­most in­ci­den­tal, as there’s just so much else to grab the imag­i­na­tion. Ev­ery area of the lay­out makes me feel like I could step into the scene, walk un­der the damp stone viaducts and climb the steps to the plat­forms. And yet, the lay­out is a work of fic­tion, which makes it even more in­cred­i­ble!

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