Started in the early 1980s, Gowts Bridge is a well established club layout featured in the October 1998 issue of British Railway Modelling and it portrays an ex Great Northern branch situated North West of Retford in Nottinghamshire.
This busy market town terminus is set in the early 1960s period of British Railways and sees a good variety of locomotives from the Midland and Eastern regions.
The compact, but busy goods yard still sees a healthy flow of merchandise to and from local traders in town. Excursion trains run regularly in and out of the station along with local DMU services, whilst the small loco shed services visiting and local engines alike.
The stock run on Gowts Bridge at exhibitions is a mix of proprietary models and kit built items re-wheeled to suit the finer standards. The track is smp soldered to paxolin sleepers. With all point work hand built to suit the location. Buildings are mainly scratch built with kits used where needed.
To further enhance operations, auto coupling has been employed using the Spratt and Winkle system and permanent magnets located beneath the track at strategic points. All passenger stock has been close coupled to improve the appearance of the coaching rakes and this also applies to the DMU's.
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