Trevor Jones / Midland & Great Western Junction Railway
Trevor Jones' N scale Midland & Great Western Junction Railway is set in the County of Gloucester, England. The era is the late 1950's early 1960's period (the trains Trevor saw and loved as a boy). Two regions of British Railways operate autonomously: the Midland Region, a double track main line and the Western Region, a hilly cross country single track line, with the principle interchange at Newnham on Severn. Cheltenham St James is a large stub end station on the Midland with a sizable engine shed, both laid out to prototype plans. The Western taps the industries, mines and quarries of the Forest Of Dean as well as serving two river docks.
Part of the layout was an 7' x 11' portable module for over 35 years . . . . it was recognized with 2 awards at the 2005 NTS. It happily moved from the corner of a garage to a 1700 square foot basement in 2009 and has been growing rapidly since. Old school DC is the control of choice using MRC walk around throttles on the principle lines and tethered local throttles. Train orders are being developed to keep up to 8 operators busy. Scenery is well developed with many prototypical scratch built and kit bashed structures.
A prairie tank shunts the Forest Tinplate Works at Lower Lydbrook. Note the scenic beauty of the region.
In Lodgemore Dock today we find the stream coaster Severn Trader, a narrowboat such as Trevor used to skipper, and the barge Pisgah, loading wheat to take up the river Avon to Pershore. The west dock is still clearing out timber that came in from the Baltic last month and a diesel mechanical is shunting the East dock.
A Jinty holds on the Cheltenham Gas Works siding as a Black 5 passes on the main. A 16-arch curved viaduct (in the background) carries the western region line above the town.
The afternoon passenger train is being held up while ballast hoppers are being picked up at the Cotswold Stone load out. Nearby, a retired face shovel rusts quietly among the weeds.