Initially conceived as a replacement for our EM gauge shipyard layout 'Walker Marine' and our first forray into 7mm scale. 'Hospital Gates' as we eventually named it - 'Asylum' was an early idea for a name - was heavily influenced by the Whittingham Hospital line - though elements from other sites were also worked into the overall design and scenic finish. Interestingly the layouts initial premiss evolved over its course of construction and with the addition of the skills of several othe rmodellers better known for BR Blue era modelling in 4mm scale became the focus and the first model from the workshops of the East Riding Finescale Group (as we are now known). The result of our first three years of fumblings in 7mm scale can be seen here in a selection of photos by Steve Flint. The first of which shows a similar view to the most often published shots of the Whittingham original. The weathering and finshing of the trackwork was paramount in creating the worn out and ramshackle look (which the layout was planned to feature from the very start). Although havily influenced by the Lancashire original the architecture of these places was not particularly regionally influenced. Therefore the stock selection is a good indication that we see our model located further South and more towards the Welsh border (in our minds anyway). ;D As can be seen the details and finish do not stop at the door on this layout. In fact several of the structures that you would really struggle to see into in normal viewing conditions still feature fully detailled interiors (we just enjoyed doing them).