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    Hey all, New here,

    Iím looking for advice in modeling a piece of the beautiful city of Manchester in the UK....and Iíve never been there. I am modeling Pennsylvania in the 1930s and 40s but wish to incorporate elements of the amazing canals and brickwork that is on display in Manchester that dates back the the 1830s and much earlier. The canals, tunnels, viaducts, old mills and towering industrial chimneys are just incredible. The waterways running through old urban brickwork, with steam locomotives chuffing overhead absolutely fascinates me.
    Any advice on scenery details and methods for modeling the area from across the pond would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks!

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    FWIW: I would suggest you have a look at the N Gauge Forum site and, on FB, the N Gauge Model Railway Group and The N Gauge Society. You may have to join, but they are fountains of knowledge about the British railway modelling scene and, because many Brits model 'city scapes' you will inevitably get exposure to Manchester and layouts themed on that city and its canals. As well, see if you can obtain copies of Railway Modeller M​agazine a publication which is probably the pre-eminent one on British railway modelling in all scales and gauges. If you can't, possibly making contact with Peco Ltd, (the publishers) could be helpful; they have their own website.

    Finally, be aware that British 'N' is 1:148 scale, not the 1:160 scale you are used to; the difference in scales may not sound much, but when comparing such things as rolling stock and structures it can be quite significant.

    Hope this helps. Thanks for asking.
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    @Komata Thank you so much for the useful information and for your time. I will look into the N Gauge Forum. I’m not a big FB guy. I am aware of the Scale difference and am trying to find a way to work it into my proposed small Pennsylvania RR layout.
    Thanks again!

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    If you have a Barnes and Nobles nearby they usually carry some of the British Model Railway magazines, they are beautifully done and worth checking out, there are many good videos of British model railways on you tube, many of the big train shows are covered with many excellent railways to see.

    Cheers,
    Jim

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    I live about half an hour from Manchester....I must be honest, i would say that you are looking at this city through rose coloured glasses, sorry....in recent years its starting to look tired and a little neglected..however....my favourite parts of Manchester are the John Ryland library.. (like Harry Potter) and the interior of the town hall, beautiful....
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    @perth45 beautiful photos and architecture! Thanks so much for posting. Yes, I am looking at the place through rose colored glasses but the bit I love is the now run down industrial grit of the place. The buildings that the working men worked in and also the ones they drank in. I live near a city called Patterson in New Jersey. I appreciate it’s beauty in the same manner. Not for what it it currently is, but was.

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    http://www.disused-stations.org.uk/

    try this link there are a few closed stations Manchester area , plenty of photos on this site , like perth45 says Manchester is no holiday resort
    also its Lancashire - I'm a Yorkshire lad
    good luck with your model project .

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    another good site not Manchester based but you may find something , it coveres all UK railways .

    http://www.davidheyscollection.com/

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    Perhaps we all are guilty of seeing the geographic bases of our layouts with rose colored glasses. I know I am.
    Cheers!
    Gordon
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