At the Modern Image O Gauge Show (MIOG) in Rawtenstall in November 2019, Richard Watson captured the fantastic Apethorn Junction in action for Hornby Magazine.
This substantial 'O' gauge layout is owned by Keith Richards and models a fictional junction station in North West England. It has a triangular junction at the centre which links to a return loop storage yard at one end and a cassette yard at the other.
The layout takes its inspiration from books such as those from Foxline, which cover the East Lancs/Greater Manchester region at the beginning of the diesel era. It models the late 1960s when green diesels took over from steam through to the post-TOPS era of late 1970s covering Britsh Rail blue and a few later additions. The layout is DCC operated and features sound, colour light signalling and computer control for route setting.
Apethorn Junction is a regular on the exhibition circuit and a popular exhibit too which is sure to be seen at many events in the future. During shows the operators take a break at lunchtime by operating a breakdown crane sequence which Richard captured for the New Junction channel on YouTube. You can watch both the Hornby Magazine and New Junction videos of Apethorn Junction here...