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A move of house into rented accommodation at the very end of 2014 resulted in a slowing of progress on the layout, but a certain amount was achieved prior to the Nailsea show in March 2015, where these photos were taken. As can be seen here, the right hand end of the layout has a scenic break formed by a substantial over-bridge and the September 2014 Update pages showed this under construction. The structure is now just about completed – the main beams are formed from Wills Vari-girder sections, with the upper wing built up in styrene, whilst the piers are Wills coarse stone sheet, to match the other retaining walls.

Sited beneath the bridge is a Knightwing Portable-cabin, intended to divert the view away from the backscene behind. It’s still in need of more weathering (as is the surrounding yard area), but starting to look the part and adds to the 1970s atmosphere. A number of suitable railway personnel have also started to appear, these being from the S&D Models range, whilst the ubiquitous BR Brut Tolley is from Ten Commandments, again helping to reflect the 1970s period.

This little building appeared under construction in the November 2014 update. Two versions were in fact built, one following the prototype with three windows, plus this shorter one with just the two. In the end it was decided that this one suited the location better and it helps to divert attention away from the exit into the fiddle yard.

The small stone-built office building has also now been permanently sited. With point levers and some vegetation starting to appear, the scene is gradually taking shape, but still with much fine detailing to be undertaken , and much-needed weathering of those road vehicles!

A more general view of the central part of the layout shows one of the new yard lamps to good effect. These are by RM Lectronics and were so similar to those at Halifax goods yard, I just had to make use of them, saving a lot of scratchbuilding. A general weathering mix has been applied, and they should look even more effective once the lamps have been wired up.

A more general view of the layout, again showing yard lamps. Detailing the roadway with lamp posts and other street furniture is another job on the ‘to do’ list, along with the much larger challenge of completing the coal drop interiors.

I like this low-angle shot, though why parcels stock should be on the coal drops is a mystery! Presumably these vehicles were being used as reach wagons to get some coal hoppers from the far end of the coal drops. The layout is next due to be out at Stockport over the weekend of 9th/10th May 2015.



D3312 haules a rake of Pipe wagons along the high level branch line at Hornsey Broadway.

Spurned on by the arrival of 2 Bachmann Pipe wagons at the workshops, my 6 (long on the shelf) Parkside kits are receiving final detailing and weathering. For variety, a couple have been fitted with clasp brakes, and this view shows other wagons nearing completion. In the background are a couple of maroon mark 1 coaches which will join the existing fleet of blue / grey rolling stock.

There were still a handful of maroon coaches in service during the early 1970s, as depicted in this rake heading for Kings Cross, whilst a pair of class 20s haul a rake of loaded 16ton mineral wagons to Temple Mills Yard in East London.



A latest addition to the loco fleet is this Hornby Class 08. The model is finished as D3988, built at Derby Works during 1960, and amongst the early recipients of wasp stripes from new. Although the 3 chain minimum curve limit for an 08 will prevent it negotiating the docks branch, it will see use on trip trains into the exchange sidings. Springing has been added to the unpowered axles to give chassis compensation over uneven track.

A classic piece of British design which has stood the test of time, and just had to feature on the layout….. This early 1960s short wheelbase Landrover MkII has been converted from the Airfix 1/76 scale kit.

LMS ‘Jinty’ 47406 is pictured leaving the yard with a train of coal empties. This was amongst my first EM models, built in 1982 using a Hornby bodyshell on a Perseverance chassis kit, but it never saw much use on Canada Road. It has recently had new Alan Gibson wheelsets fitted, giving much improved running for the Birkenhead 1962 segway.

From the same sequence, D1001 ‘Western Pathfinder’ waits while its train is shunted.

Moving forward a few years, Drewry Class 04 D2284 rests on the dockside during a bright spring morning on Tyneside in 1966.

The delectable Dee waits in hope of a thirsty engine crew to bring her some trade once the shunt is over.

…..And the seagull waits in hope of some scraps from a bacon butty!

Later in the morning D2284 is seen heading back towards the exchange sidings with empty minerals in tow.

Fast forward 9 years, and it's now Southampton in 1975. Ruston & Hornsby Class 07 No. 07 010 sorts some vans and conflats on the tracks by the Burtons building.

The loco then rounds the curve towards the yard with a short string of vans.

In this long shot, the 07 is seen again just off the dock branch, in the company of fellow Eastleigh loco BRCW 33 028.

The final view of the sequence finds 07 010 now stabled by the weighbridge. Hopefully these few pictures give an idea of how the layout operates, with a ‘feature’ shunting engine, and a supporting cast of wagons and mainline locos to suit the location and period.


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