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My layout idea, Hollerton Junction in Borsetshire

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Hello everyone, thought i'd say hello and introduce myself. I've been interested in model railways for many years but until recently my modelling interest was the railways of East Germany before unification.
I've been impressed by the increase in quality in recent British outline models and decided last year to have a go at building a British layout. As last year was my fortieth birthday, I thought about basing it around 1967. My research has shown that this is a very interesting period with the change to BR blue but still with lots of stock still in the old colours.
Next decsion, what sort of layout? As a regular listener to the Archers, I thought how about a layout based in Borsetshire. The BBC website has a map of Borsetshire which helpfully shows the railway line in this ficticous county. The two station options are Felpersham or Hollerton Junction. Holleron looked to have the best interest in terms of services. The map showed the main line running East to West and a freight only branchline. Further East another line runs South. In terms of location, Borsetshire is supposed to be within Worcestershire and Warwickshire. I think this would most likely set it in the WR but as my favourite loco's are the class 20 and 25 I think it will have to be LMR. I did read though that responsibilty for some WR lines round Birmingham passed from the WR to the LMR. Any advice on this will be much appreciated.
My plan is for an oval layout 12 feet by 6 feet. The mainline is single track with a passing loop and an island platform with another passing loop which the frieght branch comes off. The branchline is also used as the headshunt for the goods sidings.
Traffic will be the usual pick up frieght, parcels traffic, coal from the Warwickshire coalfields and seasonal agricultural traffic. The passanger services will be crossing DMU's and connecting DMU service from the line heading south. I imagine the junction to be one of those stations that didn't really sevice the local community as much as being the meeting point for the difereent lines.
I do believe modelling should be fun and have already enjoyed myself doing research and travelling on diesel trains on preserved railways. A highlight last year was the jolly fisherman on the Great Central railway, double headed by two class 20's.
Cheers, Simon
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Thanks for your replies. Maybe Shula could get hit by an express parcels train as I don't think there will be any express passanger trains on the layout! Having done a bit more research it looks like the likely scenario for the line will be that to the west in would head for worcester and link up with the line to Birmingham New Street via Bromsgrove. Haven't decided on the Easterly direction yet but maybe Rugby? Will keep you updated as I make more progress.
Best wishes, Simon
QUOTE (Saint Johnstoun @ 28 Jul 2008, 21:21) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Might I suggest a Midland/Great Western joint line. I've always felt that the Archers was based somewhere 'south to south west of Birmingham' so you could work it all out somewhere around there.

Thanks for your reply. A Midland/Great Western joint line could be a good idea, I've already got a Class 121 bubble car for the connecting service heading south so that would fit in.
QUOTE (Saint Johnstoun @ 29 Jul 2008, 11:29) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>It was a big agricultural area so you could have a Tractor/Agricultural dealer at Hollerton Junction with a rail access siding. Also there is the potential for a Dairy, Market and other Archer related activities.

Which era are you planning to base the layout in.

It will be late 1960's, in my original post I explained how the idea for this layout came from the fact it was my fortieth birthday last year and I fancied a layout set in the year of my birth (1967). A Dairy could be a possibility as I know milk traffic hung on until the seventies in some areas. Agricultural traffic will definately feature, especially now Bachman have produced their 12 ton goods vans.
Sadly things have not moved on much since my last post, a house move has been the main delaying factor, now plans are starting for a purpose built shed in the garden as the attic is not suitable.

In the meantime I have been carrying on with my research and the inevitable purchases for future use,
. I have decided to back date the time frame to the early to mid sixties so pre Beeching as I find the transition era very interesting with the mix of diesels and steam hangers on. The branchline might just still have a passenger service although freight only would be more likely.

I am having lots of fun thinking up the background story and possible traffic. Occasionally the Archers have story lines that add other possibilities, there is a race course at Felpersham so that got me thinking about race day specials. Have also thought about having a couple of named trains, maybe the Borsetshireman and the Borchester pullman, not very original I know
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Okay, think I'm happy to link my version of Borcestshire to Worcestershire to the west and Warwickshire to the east
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