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The railway itself is several years old having spent most of its time in 16mm narrow gauge style. And while many of the buildings will be retained, some new(vintage) ones will appear in due time. I have been smitten with the railway of the late Peter Strange and the Duck End videos on youtube. The wonderful mix of classic gauge one tinplate and a garden channels my youth of tinplate Lionel in std gauge and 0 gauge. While I didnt grow up in the golden years of tinplate, I enjoyed it thru my teens and early 20's when I worked as a repair tech at a local shop that carried all vintage Lionel and other brands of trains. Now the buildings Peter used, mostly vintage Bassett Lowke and scratchbuilt are not really easily found or shipped to the states, I can do my own style there in the spirit of what he was doing. The first pieces are a dirty/stained Lionel 124 station which I will find someone to make me a new station name board that says "Duck End West" to replace "Lionel City" Since the states are West of the UK, I added that to the name. I also have a glass canopy coming to keep travelers out of the rain, something they wish they had today in our dreary weather. My first vintage BL engine, a live steam Midland Railway Compound will arrive sometime this coming week. I hope to add another Midland/LMS engine soon that is either functional CW or one that has a failed CW drive that I can modify to modern can motor with onboard batteries fitted(my railway is all dead rail so battery, CW or live steam only). More pics and videos to come as my railway evolves and more vintage scenes taken from ideas in his videos are built.
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My hope is to come across one thats been updated with a modern 12v can motor mech or one with a broken clockwork drive. But when I have to pay 1K pounds sterling or more for a CW gauge one engine. Its hard to justify any mods if it still runs well. Just have to see what is out there from various dealers. Here are the newest additions to the railway in video form, A Bing for Bassett Lowke Midland Railway Compound in live steam, circa 1911 production according to someone more knowledgeable that myself. And you can see my glass canopy that I added to the station area(new platforms coming soon that will make it more UK looking. The canopy is a Pride Lines reproduction of an Ives product. Both station and canopy are secured to the layout so the wind does not blow them off and I will remove the glass canopy during the winter months so freezing temps and snow does not mess it up. Need to find proper coaches for the locomotive now. She was running at 1/2 throttle with the pair of LGB cars, which are heavy due to the figures and lighting circuits in them.
 

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Here is the newest addition to the locomotive stable, a 1908 vintage GWR County of Northampton in live steam. Hope to have proper rolling stock by next spring. I also picked up a Marklin BR80 0-6-0 for something to run that is not live steam. I enjoy both UK and German/Austrian trains.
 
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