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Scalefour North 2011

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Photos by Philip Hall.
Longcarse West is based on a few fictional run-down freight sidings in the Alloa area of Scotland during the mid-1970s. My first attempt at a layout, I found it very rewarding to build with many lessons learnt along the way.The main one is that working to P4 standards isn’t as difficult as some people would have you believe.

The locos, all Type 1 or 2 freight diesels from Bachmann, Heljan and Hornby, are detailed, weathered and fittedwith DCC sound decoders for added realism. Freight and parcels stock are my main interest, and there is anever-expanding collection of vehicles typical of the area and period. Each one is based as closely as possible ona photo of the real thing with lots of variation in axleboxes, buffers and couplings. Most are either re-wheeledand detailed rtr or kits, although a few wagons have heavily modified bodies on scratchbuilt chassis.