Broadgate was the brainchild of my son John. After Dunston Green had been sold, without the stock, we had the need for a layout to run the stock. I don’t think we really wanted to Exhibit it, it was just to play trains at home. After all, it was quite small and a bit limited. In those days the micro layouts were few and far between, however we soon got invitations, mainly as a space filler, sometimes we took it to exhibitions as well as another layout, just for that reason. Broadgate had a long run on the circuit and after 6 years we decided to sell it. It eventually went to Les Williams, who had become a collector of my work. I actually sold it to Les even though I had a higher offer as Les was the best home possible for it. Les purchased the layout only, some of the stock was sold to another friend, Ian Taylor.
One thing I tried on Broadgate was to sculpt the side scenes in the shape of trees and bushes, see photographs. I never did this again – say no more.
This is a smashing little layout for 10-12 loco’s and a fuel tank or two.
I based the layout on twilight as we had working yard lights. I do think that a bright blue sky background and working Yard/Station lights looks a bit odd. Overhead lighting is fine.
Les still owns the layout.