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The Harborne Line

Picture of Nick Goodall of The Harborne Line

Please note, this site is still under construction

Welcome to The Harborne Line.

Please feel free to enjoy the content as we develop it, however do be aware that some pages are unfinished

The intention of The Harborne Line website is to give you an insight into Nick’s work on his miniature world.

We chose the name “The Harborne Line” for our website as we live not far from where the original line used to run.

We do not claim any affiliation to the original Harborne Line railway, or the footpath that now follows the route!

If you have any thoughts, comments or questions about what you see here, please drop us a line using the contact page.

Life began in 00 gauge

A few years ago Nick Goodall decided to build a model railway layout.

He initially started out with a 00 gauge layout, which he laid across his lounge floor, laying the rails directly on the carpet.

The 00 layout grew and grew, and now takes a number of hours to construct and break down.

Once the 00 layout reached the extents of the lounge, the options were simple:

  • start knocking down walls
  • start again on a smaller scale!


The image below shows:

  • The Flying Scotsman (all be it part built) at 0 gauge
  • An LNER A3 pacific at 00 gauge
  • A V2 at N gauge


Picture of different scale models

As you can see, looking at these comparable sized engines N gauge is significantly smaller than the other gauges.

This in turn affords a much larger layout in a smaller space.

Make it smaller

In the summer of 2009 Nick started work on a new N gauge layout, based on a 4 x 2 foot base board.

This approached differed to his previous layouts as the rails were permanently fixed to the base board.

Initially the driving force behind Nick’s first N gauge venture was to experiment

Over time Nick has expanded the base board on either side with a detachable station on one side, and a detachable high street on the other.

As the layout has expanded, Nick has experimented with different manufacturing ideas, creating:

  • telegraph poles complete with wires
  • postboxes
  • dustbins
  • other street paraphernalia
  • line side furniture such as ground signals and speed limits

to name but a few!

The Era

Although the target era is 1950’s – 1960’s Nick acknowledges that some of the items used do not fit the era.

Examples are the telephone box near the signal box, which was a purchased model.

Indeed many of the locomotives carry electrification decals.

We hope this does not detract from your enjoyment of our content.

Have a look around – we hope you enjoy The Harborne Line!

The Real Harborne Line

In August 1874 the Harborne branch line opened to connect Birmingham New Street and Harborne station, which was situated just off Station Street, not far from Frensham Way.

From New Street, the line branched from the Stour main line at Monument Lane, just north of New Street, then ran via Icknield Port Road and the Cape Hill Brewery into Harborne, where the line terminated.

Image reproduced courtesy of Rail around Birmingham

The station closed to passengers in 1934, but was still used for goods until 1963 when the Harborne station finally closed.

You can read more about the history of the line on the Wikipedia entry for the Harborne branch line

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