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by Kier Hardy


At the time of writing (2015), Hornsey Broadway is a layout under construction. It features a station to the north, and a loco depot at Hornsey Road to the south. In between, is a typical north London landscape, structures of which are being added to frequently.

Based losely on London prototypes, these buildings are seen at an advanced stage, just awaiting some final detailing.

As well as a section of mainline from Kings Cross, the layout also features a busy North London route which is regularly used for inter-regional traffic and local suburban services.

A view showing the approaches to the station.

Background history to the project

The Northern Heights railway was opened by the Great North Railway in 1867, and served outlying areas of North London (Edgeware & High Barnet) with services from Kings Cross. Plans to extend the railway as far as Bushey were abandoned during the 1940s, with some of it having been built but never used.

Had the line been completed all the way to Watford, it would have seen a wide variety of traffic travelling from the Midland Region to the east side of London, as well as an extensive suburban service from Kings Cross. The London Transport Northern Line eventually took over most of the route, with the last part of the link between Finsbury Park and Highgate being used for LT stock transfers, and the line being abandoned during the early 1970s. The potential for a 'Barnet loop' would have allowed ECML traffic to be diverted through the area.

Hornsey Broadway sets out to represent the line as it would have appeared during the early 1970s, with the junction and line from Stratford, joining the GN tracks from Finsbury Park.
During modernisation of the line in the 1930s, a 'down' fly-over and additional tracks were built into the route to allow for better flexibility of services, due to the increase of suburban living.

In addition to the busy main lines, the motive power depot at the south end of the layout provides most of the locomotive servicing requirements for the Kings Cross area.

The road vehicles will play an important role in re-inforcing the north London flavour and era of the project. Here a Daimler DMS (EFE) passes an AEC Merlin (Britbus).

Rolling stock for the layout will cover a good cross section of locomotive and DMU types, to include class 125 and class 501 high-density units. A small scene will include part of a LT tube station, showing a rake of '59 stock waiting in the station with the doors open.

A map of the area being modelled as drawn in 2013. Certain structures have been built and located which are not shown on the map, so these changes now require the map to be partially redrawn.

Original close-up map of the north end of Hornsey Broadway.....

.... and the south end featuring the motive power depot.

Reference Links -

The Northern Heights Railway

Highgate Station

The London Transport Daimler DMS history

Wikipedia - Watford & Edgeware Railway