MAKING TRACKS 3: Milton Keynes Central - the finished layout

When you have built two stunning 64ft long layouts in two years and you want to build a third, how do you make it even better? The answer was to take on a challenge from Hornby Magazine, which PETE WATERMAN OBE and the Railnuts did when they set out to build Milton Keynes Central in ‘OO’ gauge. MIKE WILD explains all and showcases the new layout on video at Chester Cathedral. Photography, Mike Wild.

THE CONVERSATION was a little heated when we suggested modelling a station. It wasn’t in the plan for Making Tracks, but we felt strongly that the quality of modelling that Pete Waterman and the Railnuts team had displayed in Making Tracks 1 and 2 through the previous two years could be topped by modelling the aspect of the railway every passenger sees – a station. Little did we know the monster that we had unleashed, as this wasn't going to be just any station: this would be a scale model of Milton Keynes Central with its giant mirror-glazed buildings, bi-directional running and full overhead catenary.


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