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I’ve just re­ceived my Model Rail ‘J70’ lo­co­mo­tive and am plan­ning a small Wis­bech & Up­wellthemed lay­out. Are there any suit­able build­ings avail­able?

Mal­colm Mac­gre­gor, by e-mail

Peter says: De­pot of­fice build­ings could be found at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions on the Wis­bech and Up­well Tramway, a sur­viv­ing ex­am­ple of which can be found at Outwell.

Dat­ing from 1883, the single-storey red brick struc­ture fea­tures a hipped slate roof with deep eaves. A cen­tral door­way with seg­men­tal arch and four-panel door fea­tures at one end, with two seg­men­tal arch win­dow aper­tures and stone win­dow sills on one of the longer sides.

A kit of this typ­i­cal Wis­bech and Up­well build­ing is pro­duced by Arch Laser, part of a grow­ing range of ‘OO’ and ‘N’ gauge kits and ac­ces­sories avail­able via Osborn’s Mod­els of Bide­ford.

The de­pot kit is avail­able in ‘N’ (£7.95) and ‘OO’ (£10.95), ren­dered in mi­cro ply­wood. Once painted, the build­ing looks very re­al­is­tic.

Avail­abil­ity: Osborn’s Mod­els

Tel. 01237 423453

Web: www.os­borns­mod­els.com

Arch Laser of­fers an ex­cel­lent laser-cut ply­wood kit of a typ­i­cal Wis­bech & Up­well de­pot build­ing, in ei­ther ‘N’ or ‘OO’ gauge. This is the ‘OO’ ver­sion. PETER MAR­RIOTT

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