Model Rail (UK) - - Contents - Richard Foster Editor

It’s funny how an off-the-cuff com­ment can get the brain think­ing. The East Coast Main Line cropped up in an of­fice con­ver­sa­tion when Chris Leigh com­mented that, if you dis­re­gard scale and era, then pretty much the whole of the ECML has been mod­elled in one form or an­other. Why, we mused, isn’t the same true for the West Coast Main Line? Or the Western Re­gion main line? Most GWR mod­ellers tend to model branch lines, and yet Hornby continues to pro­duce ‘Cas­tles’, ‘Kings’ and ‘Stars’, so they must be go­ing some­where. But where are the Western Re­gion main line lay­outs? It’s the same with the West Coast Main Line. The only lay­out of a spe­cific lo­ca­tion that sprang to mind is Gra­ham Ni­cholas’ re-cre­ation of Shap (com­ing soon to MR). Com­pare that to Gains­bor­ough MRS’ ‘King’s Cross’, The Model Rail Club’s ‘Copen­hagen Fields’, Gil­bert Bar­natt’s ‘Peter­bor­ough North’ and Tony Wright’s ‘Lit­tle Bytham’ – that’s cov­er­ing fewer than 100 miles of ECML, with 300 modellable miles to go! Can you imag­ine the rac­ing stretch of the LSWR main line be­ing given the ‘Stoke Sum­mit’ treat­ment, circa 1966/67, with Bulleid ‘Pacifics’, Stan­dard ‘5MTS’, Class 33s, Class 47s and ‘4-VEP’ EMUS? So come on, show us your main line lay­outs!

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