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North Bridge

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North Bridge  
Mike Kelly OO gauge 4mm scale
Featured in Hornby Magazine, June 2010

Northbridge is the fictitious location set on the old Westbridge branch in Leicester and is where trains from Coalville and Burton on Trent terminated.

The period modelled is the early 1960s and the infrastructure is based on but not a copy of what might have been there.

For operating purposes the passenger service still exists and an additional Push Pull service has been invented from Leicester London Road. The goods yard at Westbridge was in reality very much larger and even in the mid 1960's was still quite busy with coal, oil and general traffic and suitable trains are run to incorporate this.

The trackwork is Peco code 100 with small radius electrofrog points and is DCC operated. Rolling stock is a mixture of propriety products, some modified and all weathered to some degree and indicative of what might have been seen in the area had the bore of Glenfield Tunnel been more generous.

Many of the buildings are from the Metcalfe range, all altered in some way to fit the location.

The overall size of the layout is 260mm x 430mm and folds in half to form a box 350mm deep, it has been an exercise to see how much can be achieved in a small space.


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