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So what next?

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My first Gn15 loco "Proteus" leaves Fox Gill with a goods train.
So, I have built my planned layout, what to do next?  
I have several wagon kits in the drawer waiting to be built, but at the moment I have an idea to build a small rail car, if that is possible.  I would like to do another small operating diorama to attach to the Maintenance Shed board which would then give it more operating potential, and I have a plan for this.  Then, in the future I would love to build a series of Gn15 "modules", these are partly planned but need many trials an measurements to find the ideal size for such a system.  It was easy in the small scale 009 days, but in 1:24 it is a different matter.
Here are one or two photos I took recently of "Longstone".  The next exhibition for the layout will be at the Beds & Bucks Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day on Sunday May 13th 2018 at Barton Le Clay Village Hall, Hexton Road, Barton, MK45 4JY. 
"Delta" seen near the cha…

Locomotives for Longstone

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Locomotives Loco's 1, 2 & 3 at the maintenance shed.
As I may have mentioned, it was a picture of a Smallbrook "Harlequin" kit in the Railway Modeller magazine that started me off in 1:24 (Gn15) scale modelling, and then constructing a layout.  I very unusually strayed away from my beloved 009 models to try something different.  As I was beginning in a new scale, I didn't know what the kits for Gn15 were like to build.  All I knew was, that there were locomotives by Smallbrook Studio, they were resin cast, with brass details and needed a cheap Hornby chassis.  It was probably this fact...that they were reasonably priced...as to why I swayed towards having a go, because 009 scale locos had become quite expensive.

All the Gn15 loco kits were in the region of £50, with the chassis costing between £15 and £25 extra depending if you bought a second hand example or a new one.  With a few pounds spent on nameplates and Kadee couplings they are still cheap models, and fa…