'West Coast - Southern Section' - MR240

 Andy has an impressive fleet of RTR, kit-built, and scratchbuilt stock. CHRIS NEVARD

Andy has an impressive fleet of RTR, kit-built, and scratchbuilt stock. CHRIS NEVARD

After years of club service, Andy Armitage started a personal project that would test his decades of modelling experience.

A 30ft by 11ft layout in ‘OO’ is a sizeable project, but in ‘N’ gauge, it’s positively gigantic. In fact, Andy Armitage’s ‘West Coast - Southern Section’ [‘WC-SS’] is so vast, he’s managed to depict three classic West Coast Main Line locations - Watford Junction, Harrow & Wealdstone and Linslade.

Having been very involved in the club scene for a number of years (‘Kings Park’ GBMR Vol 5), Andy thought it was high time he focused on his own project. But, with a 32ft by 11ft loft space, he no longer had to worry about the space restrictions that had plagued his earlier layouts - the very reason he had switched from Hornby Dublo to ‘TT’ to Minitrix ‘N’ in the first place.
Andy was originally presented with two feasible options as far as housing ‘WC-SS’, his loft or garage. He explains why he chose the former: “The garage was a bit damp and I found it to be either too hot or too cold.”

Find out more in MR240 - OUT SEPTEMBER 21

 The West Coast Main Line running alongside the Grand Union Canal. CHRIS NEVARD

The West Coast Main Line running alongside the Grand Union Canal. CHRIS NEVARD