|. Green End .|
End - David Gander
Green End is the small terminus station to an agricultural line 'somewhere in England', which draws its inspiration from that most attractive of narrow gauge lines, the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway in mid Wales. It was built initially as a test track for trying out new ideas but has developed into a fully detailed exhibition layout.
Measuring some seven feet long by ten inches wide, the layout sits on top of a set of bookshelves at home, taking up no extra space in the room and shows that a realistic model can be built in a small space.
The layout is operated as 'freight only', primarily because that era of the W&LLR is most attractive but also because the small size of the station precludes the use of any bogie coaches!
Locomotives are based on Welshpool prototypes, but until the recent addition of models of 'The Earl' and 'Countess' - seen here - (built from the Golden Arrow kits), were all taken from the post preservation era. Goods stock has been built from the NineLines kits, and includes a number of modified kits to represent vehicles not available in model form.
Fitting the excellent Greenwich magnetic coupling is proposed, to make 'hands off' shunting possible, but this may be some time away. The station building and goods shed seen here are based on those at Llanfair Caereinion and are built from plastic corrugated sheet. Scenery, by virtue of the space available, is minimal but is predominantly fields, trees and hedges, as befits the name of the layout!
Published by Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
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