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North Bridge

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

North Bridge is an area north-west of Leicester city centre and for the model it is assumed that the Leicester & Swannington Railway terminated here instead of at West Bridge. The period modelled is early 1960's and whilst none of the infrastructure is a copy of anything that existed then, it does try to give an impression of that area as it might have been.

For operating purposes, the passenger service did not cease in 1928 and in addition to trains from Coalville a service from Leicester London Road has been invented to provide extra traffic. The goods yard at West Bridge was in reality very much larger and even in the mid 1960's was still quite busy with coal, oil and other goods. On the model this is represented by a daily coal train and a twice daily goods train which has much traffic from the local mail order warehouse.

The trackwork is Peco 100 using small radius electrofrog points electrically operated.

Rolling stock is a mixture of proprietary products some modified most weathered and indicative of that used in the area had the bore of Glenfield Tunnel been a little more generous. Many of the buildings are Metcalfe, all altered in some way to fit the location. Most of the business names are of those that existed in the North Bridge area.

The overall size of the layout is 2060mmm by 430mm; it is completely self contained and at home can sit on coffee table legs and folds in two 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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