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Old 13-08-2018, 05:58 PM   #1
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Yesterday I stopped odd at Shottle station to photograph a couple of trains from Ecclesbourne Valley Railway's diesel weekend. Trains pass here and on the down line was a class 31 with 6 mixed Mk1/Min coaches. On the up line, double heading was a class 33 and a class 73; the latter in Inter City colours. This pair was pulling a green 3 car class 101 DMU.

This made me wonder why more modellers don't model a preserved line? Trains can be long or short, tracks plans could be simple or complex and any rolling stock and formations can be justified. Class 73s weren't seen in the Midlands until the last couple of years and these are the 73/9s, whereas this was 73210!

Maybe if I was planning a new layout I would look at this option, but as I'm not I would be interested if other modellers do.
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Old 13-08-2018, 07:11 PM   #2
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It has been done a few times. It is a good idea as if one has a freelance approach, one can mix quite a few different things.
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Old 13-08-2018, 07:53 PM   #3
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I always call mine a heritage railway. Then I can pull what I like with what I like.
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Old 13-08-2018, 08:19 PM   #4
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Yep - I've modelled the preservation scene a couple of times. Currently intending to move house, but once we're settled again I have an idea for a heritage line that might be interesting to model...
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An excellent representation of Horsted Keynes has appeared on this forum. Go to search and enter 'Horsted Keynes' under advanced search,

Wirksworth station building has been demolished and replaced by temporary buildings. The original station was similar to the one further down the line which is now a private house. There is a Scenecraft bridge which would pass as a representation of the one at Wirksworth, but this station is a bit difficult to model as a preserved example.

Why not imagine a destroyed line was preserved? An example is the Kemp Town branch. At just over a mile long, it can be compressed into model form. You've got a terminus, a tunnel and a viaduct all in this short length. There is a very brief introduction here:

https://www.facebook.com/mickkeay/vi...708320092/?t=0
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Various good layouts have existed - Goathland (North Yorkshire Moors Railway) and Ddualtt (Ffestiniog) for example. Too many not based on real locations go too far IMO by running locos than have been long lost. There are enough models available of genuinely preserved locos plus visitors off the national network not to resort to fiction.
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But sure 99% of model railways are fiction. I run locos that no longer exist.
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But sure 99% of model railways are fiction. I run locos that no longer exist.
They are building a 47xx. http://www.4709.org.uk/
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One of the most entertaining layouts I have seen was a freelance transport museum/heritage centre which included standard gauge (OO), and narrow gauge (OO9) trains as well. There was a canal/dock with moving boats and swans, a bandstand, trams and buses which moved along a roadway. Static exhibits include aircraft and vintage cars. The workshop chimney puffed smoke too! Much of it was automated so the operator could concentrate on shunting trains around. This was all on a board about 10 feet long by 4 feet wide. There were a few humorous touches, visual jokes, and such like.

The owner/operator was obviously not a rivet counter but his modelling skills were superb. Little touches like a lifting bridge over the canal which raised 'to allow a boat to go through' then lowered to let the train across made it a delight to watch. He was also a very pleasant chap to talk to as well.
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