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!