Spirit of Swindon – the Western Region in ‘N’

This ‘N’ gauge layout models the famous Great Western Railway works town in the early hydraulic era.

Gauge: ‘N’ | Period: Late 1960s | Region: Western | Operating team: Neil Mason and friends

Spirit of Swindon models the famous works town in 'N' gauge.
Spirit of Swindon models the famous works town in 'N' gauge. Mike Wild.

This ‘N’ gauge layout depicts a day in the life of a BR (WR) mainline station at the end of the steam era, when diesel-hydraulics had taken over - a flash-back to Swindon Junction station in the late 1960s.

The layout features the actual track plan and point arrangement from the original signal box diagrams, and railway structures (including signals) and town and works buildings that were standing at the time. Those who know Swindon as it was then may notice that the engine shed has been moved nearer the station.

Peco code 55 track is used throughout. All buildings are scratchbuilt, all locomotives and rolling stock are ready-to-run with weathering. Control is DCC with automated storage and stop sections, and a full lighting rig provides programmed dawn to dusk lighting to make the scene even more compelling.

Spirit of Swindon features in the latest issue of Hornby Magazine – HM185 – on sale this weekend at from the magazine stand.