Since Hornby Magazine last looked at this busy ‘OO’ gauge steam era layout in 2017, major expansion has taken place. TOM SNOOK reveals all as we pay a return visit to the much larger 45C Westlands.

The aging depot is filled with locomotives awaiting their next turn of duty including BR ‘8P’ 4-6-2 71000 Duke of Gloucester, Lickey Banker 0-10-0 58100, a Fowler ‘Patriot’, Stanier ‘Duchess’ and English Electric Type 4 and Type 1 diesels.
WD’ 2-8-0 90483 leaves the shed in typical work-stained condition for its next heavy freight duty. The buildings in this scene are all scratchbuilt

MY MOTHER WAS quick to remind me that when I was two we reached Southend from Leyton Midland and as we passed by the locomotive it blew off steam and I was beside myself with excitement. And so started my passion for trainspotting until I joined the Royal Marines aged 17. After an injury and out in ‘civvy street’ I restarted spotting in 1969 and 44 years later modelling.

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