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Features: Minories, 'EM', 1960s/1970s

Published 24 September 2019, 10:50

This layout is based on one of the classic layout plans by the late Cyril Freezer – Minories.

The concept was to show that a busy terminus station could be modelled in a limited space using the proprietary track available at the time. Our model is an imagined extension of the Moorgate 'Widened Lines' further into the City of London to a three platform terminus. The period modelled is the late 1960s to early 1970s, before the electrification of the suburban lines from King’s Cross and St Pancras.

This small run-down passenger terminus in the heart of the City, has a highly peaked diesel train service from and to a range of destinations on the Great Northern and Midland main lines. The Great Northern service in the late green and early blue period included a wide range of locomotives on suburban services, including Classes 15, 20, 21, 23, 24, 26 and (mainly) 31, hauling five coach trains of Mk 1 suburban coaches. These were followed by predominantly Class 105 multiple units. The Midland service would have seen Class 127 or 116 ‘Bed-Pan’ DMUs handling its traffic.

This layout is built in ‘EM’ gauge. Our main compromise has been to lengthen the points to give more generous curves. It makes the scenic area about a foot longer and two inches wider than Cyril envisaged. The rolling stock is generally ready-to-run, although most of it has been heavily modified and detailed. Cravens DMUs are from DC Kits, Midland DMUs are cut-and-shut Lima, and some of the more unusual coaches are Comet or Bill Bedford kits.

Minories featured in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine – HM149.

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