This Layout started as a single locomotive shed kit that was started by my last grandfather but sadly never finished. Extended from the original design, the kit has been adapted to represent a typical Great Central shed as it would appear on the 1950s and 60s towards the end of steam on Britain’s railways. Using a Tim Horn baseboard box I decided to finish the shed by adding a fully detailed interior and creating a scene around it to display and operate the steam locomotives in my collection. The whole project has been something I dabble with in my spare time so it has taken quite a while to get it to the stage its at now. The other end of the layout is incomplete so isn’t shown in this article but once ready images will appear of it online. As seen here, The layout is depicting the summer of 1959. The shed doors have been removed but when operating as an earlier period the doors are hung in place. Locomotive classes O1. O2, 04, B12 & J11 are all in evidence. Sadly most will be withdrawn and scrapped within the next two years. The Model is fictional but based on a rea location. A could have been where the GC built a small shed to help service the immense fleet of locomotives operating across the Nottinghamshire coalfield. As the model is incomplete there are a few rough edges that need addressing and obviously the locomotives all require properly weathering. As you can see at the moment it seems as though the shed cleaners have been very busy.

Kirkby in Ashfield MPD


James Cullen

Work Time 

2 Years (and still not finished)


Various kits and scratch built items


1:76 OO Gauge micro layout 


Railway Modeling


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