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London Road Locomotive Sidings
London Road locomotive Sidings lie at the northern end of Westonmouth Central station, and provide a location for locomotives to stable between trips on passenger trains to and from all points on the Western Region. Diesel hydraulic types mingle with their diesel electric brothers providing constant interest and movement for the local spotters.
Inspired by photographs of the cramped sidings at London Liverpool Street, the ready supply of information available on the internet produced plenty of data to design and build the layout. Whilst never claimed to be a scale replica of the original, it is hopefully recognisable, even if the 'Western" based locomotives cause some confusion.
Building London Road Sidings has been a very interesting process; sometimes following a prototype is restrictive, sometimes it allows a credible setting to be created without the risks of inconsistency a fictional location brings.
Being a mere 6 foot long (including fiddle yard) by a foot wide the layout sits on some low bookcases at home and allows the opportunity to “play trains” and admire favourite locomotives without the need to get involved in the complex shunting and operating procedures the builder's other layouts demand.
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