Gauge: ‘N’ | Period: 1955-1965 | Region: Midland | Operating team: Steve Wright and friends
James Street has been built by Steve Wright over the last 23 years, and shows what can be done with space and time in ‘N’ gauge. It is set in the period 1955-1965 and is located somewhere in the Midlands while playing host to Midland and North Eastern workings.
It consists of a large terminus and dockyard, a mid-level two track main line and a high level four track main line, with a single track continuous branch line, which is also used to reverse trains. Coupled into these routes are large yards for freight and passenger stock. All of the stations are named after members of Steve's family – James Street, Lynford (Junction and Lower), Kendall and Iona.
There are no hidden sidings, so all trains can be seen at all times. There are often eight to 12 trains running at any one time providing lots of entertainment for both the viewing public and the operating team. There is a ruling gradient of 1:100, resulting in most proprietary locomotives being able to pull eight-nine coaches or 30-40 wagons anywhere on the layout.
The stock used represents all that is best in ‘N’ gauge today, with a wide selection of ready-to-run, kit and scratchbuilt items suitable for the period and location. B&B delayed action couplings are used on all rakes of stock and locomotives, but within rakes standard Rapido couplings are used. Wagons are normally in rakes of five to aid shunting. The operators are a friendly bunch, so please feel free to have a chat at the show.