Bowness is a 4mm scale, EM gauge model, which depicts the terminus of the inevitable ‘fictitious’ branch, in this case off the West Coast Main Line between Preston and Lancaster in Lancashire. My railway leaves the WCML at Garstang & Catterall station (which in fact closed in 1968) and extends across the N. Fylde to the make-believe town of Bowness which is at the mouth of the River Lune to the south of Morecombe.

To reflect my particular interests the model is set quite specifically in the period between the start of the summer timetable in 1955 and the autumn of 1957 before diesel traction really took over and freight traffic evaporated.

The layout is 13ft x 2ft and utilises plywood for baseboard construction with hand-made track using ply sleepers and rivets with cosmetic plastic chairs. Control is conventional DC with points (and eventually signals) worked manually from a lever frame. Scenery is in its infancy but I have managed to complete an over bridge, goods shed and platform (all scratch-built) and an LNWR signal box based on a London Road Models kit.

Locomotives of the period are either modified proprietary models or kit built whilst coaches are primarily from kits. As it is one of my main interests, there are too many wagons available for the layout and they are also mainly from kits or scratch-built. Apart from some fixed rakes, all stock is fitted with Sprat & Winkle couplings.

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