At the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition, the Hornby Magazine team switched the identity of its popular modern day cement works layout to the East Coast Main Line. MIKE WILD explains why and how the change came about.
Ever since its first outing at the Warley National Model Railway Exhibition in 2018, our modern era layout West Coast Cement has been a popular part of the roster. It has travelled to Basingtoke, Milton Keynes, Warley and Spalding in its conventional West Coast Main Line form, but for the return of the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition on November 5/6 we thought it was time for a change.
We’ve discussed ideas around era changes for West Coast Cement in the past as its only real period features are the concrete motorway bridge at one end and the automatic level crossing. However, there was another route that it could replicate and the arrival of new models for the East Coast Main Line were a prompt to make a handful of changes to the line-up to take West Coast Cement East for one weekend.