Friar's Crossing depicts a London North Eastern Railway (former Great Central) through station, set in Nottinghamshire. The station is typical Great Central, with the station building situated on a road bridge above a single island platform. Also there is a small Goods Yard to serve the local community, which boasts a goods shed, cattle dock and coal merchants siding. The station is at the centre of a loop line off the London to Nottingham main line. The single-track connection to the north is to the junction in the outskirts of Nottingham. The southern connection is doubled to allow the movement of the coal traffic generated by the local collieries. The colliery branch can be seen leaving the north end of the goods yard. This branch also serves the local army base, which receives regular fuel deliveries by rail.
This double track connection is however no longer in use, due to wartime bomb damage to a bridge further up the line. Thus all traffic now uses the northern connection to the main line, requiring the coal and fuel trains to reverse in the station yard and all passenger services to terminate in the station.
As the main and branch lines curve to the north out of the station area, they pass the site of an old coal drop, abandoned when the railway took over the coal distribution from the canal. The lines are then carried on embankments, before the branch disappears into a tunnel. The main line then enters a rock cutting, before finally disappearing into its own tunnel in the rolling countryside. Trains are now often held at the signals in this area, as there is increased activity in the station area due to the temporary closure of the southern route.
Locomotives and rolling stock are either kit built or modified ready-to-run, with the buildings and scenery being scratch built or modified kits.
As time permits, it is planned to replace the station building with a scratch built model of Loughborough and to install working signals, before extending the layout and rebuilding the damaged bridge.
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