Longdrem is the latest of my layout photography projects, this time for Hornby Magazine. Here’s a taster of what is a great representation of the ECML in early BR days with classic steam traction all built by Eric Kidd. It is not an exhibition layout but ‘one that never leaves home’.
It is OO gauge at its best – reliable, smooth running and with a huge variety of motive power ranging from Haymarket’s finest to workaday locomotives of the Central Belt of Scotland.
The layout also features a branch line with a good long run. The layout itself is a round the walls ‘shelf’ layout with little of the landscape modelled outside the boundary fence. The branch runs round alongside a section of the main line to gain running length, with part of the journey through the fiddle yard to divide the run up scenically. The branch also runs at a different level before leaving the shelf layout section to reach the branch station situated on a peninsula baseboard which extends into the middle of the room. In effect, the design of the layout is distinctly North American in the use of the space and the manner in which operations have been carefully considered. That is far as it goes – this is BR (ER) in every other respect, from the long ECML passenger trains, the LNER express locomotives, structures and scenery. A lovely project and a pleasure to photograph – you can see more of the layout in a forthcoming issue of Hornby Magazine.