Woodhurst Model Railway layout

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My layout needs a name, which sounds suitable for modern image?

Poll ended at Sun Oct 29, 2006 8:35 am

Little Lakewood
5
4%
Mount Glenridge
14
12%
Savoy Square
12
10%
Woodhurst
60
51%
None, I've made a suggestion below
5
4%
Corby (as the town on the MML currently doesn't have a station!)
21
18%
 
Total votes: 117

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Woodhurst Model Railway layout

Postby m8internet » Tue May 30, 2006 10:37 pm

OK, construction is going quite well
I now need a name and/or location for my N gauge layout
Based loosely on the WCML / ECML the layout will eventally be L-shaped measuring 16 feet by 10 feet, with a 4 foot width

The main running line is DS-DF-UF-US which immediately widens to include a DG and UG line, with the slow lines and goods lines serving a two-island platform station (with the fast lines running through the middle)

The DG and DS serve an incline which then crosses over the main line to a branch line, in the opposite direction the decline is direct to the UG and US lines
There is just enough room for a short platform, serving up to 3 coaches
This branch line diverges again, crosses over the main line and returns to the DS
In the opposite direction the US diverges an incline to the branch line

Between the two sets of bridge crossovers there will be a small depot (effectively in the corner of the L)
This will also allow trains to terminate at the station, run to the depot, reverse over the bridge crossover, and then return to the station (phew!)

So far I have constructed one of the fiddle yards (giving 6 loops for the DS and 6 loops for the DF, 14 full-length trains in total capacity)
This allows both trains to arrive at the same time
On the main baseboards I have drawn out the remaining track plan, and the above "just" fits in!
This could be expanded to allow either end (or both!) of the elevated branch line to leave at either (or both) ends of the layout
However, this would mean restricting access to the main fiddle yards

Were there any main line stations that closed in the 1960s that we speed past these days, that could possibly be this kind of size today, or towns that need one?
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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:25 pm

You have a lot of traction and rolling stock, will be good to see them out and being used. Stumped on where to locate it tho, most big places have mainline stations, unless you make a town up on either mainline, then you can do what you want with the scenery etc.

Shaun
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Lofty

Postby Lofty » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:33 pm

Memo to self :lol: :lol: :lol: , get the loft area sorted out paying particular attention to storage, I am sure I have both traction and stock that haven’t seen the light of day for months :?

Lofty

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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:39 pm

Like me too
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Postby Malton Seadog » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:39 pm

Were there any main line stations that closed in the 1960s that we speed past these days, that could possibly be this kind of size today, or towns that need one?


Considered Thirsk?

Only local trains (DMU's) stop there now, GNER trains speed through.

It's an island platform between the inside two lines, the outside lines avoid the platform.

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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Aug 20, 2006 6:41 pm

Good idea that
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Postby m8internet » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:01 pm

I could probably visit Thirsk on my way down to the N gauge show in September (as I have the Friday and Monday off on that weekend)
Unusual to have the platform in the middle, which means slow trains MUST have to cross the fast lines?
A link to some area photos would be appreciated

Found some photos
The platforms aren't in the middle, they are in the traditional formation (between each of the fast and slow lines)
Unlike Retford!
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Postby Malton Seadog » Sun Aug 20, 2006 7:58 pm

Sorry, from the road Thirsk looked like an island platform.

I was at Retford the other day, I had to walk from the Lower Level to the northbound ECML platform.




3 miles later :wink: , I finally got there.

What a strange formation. Remnants of days before nationalization?

Different platforms for different operating companies?

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Postby Malton Seadog » Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:00 pm

Regarding Thirsk:

"Thirsk railway station lies on the East Coast Main Line. It serves the town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire. There are four tracks all with platforms, however the centre pair of platforms facing the fast lines are fenced off and out of use. The station is operated by First TransPennine Express.

In December 2006, this station will be served by a new company called Grand Central."

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Postby mortyfootball » Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:03 pm

There used to be a station named Manors about 500 yards from Newcastle Central Station which was closed down in the 1960's.

here is a link:

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

some good pics thre too for other closed/disused stations, should be able to help.

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Postby m8internet » Sun Aug 20, 2006 8:57 pm

It really needs to be a rural setting
I don't really want to have to add too much additional scenery

Inner-city stations tend to either be elevated or stuck under canopies and so on
Ideally I want people to be able to see the trains!
Hence, from the photos I have seen, both Retford and Thirsk meet this
Sadly, Retford does not meet the operational requirements of my layout (not enough room to separate slow and fast trains)

disused-stations.org.uk
Some of the station names there have given me inspiration

I might also try to visit Ditton
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Re: "Needs a name" layout!

Postby live-frog » Sun Aug 20, 2006 11:55 pm

m8internet wrote:OK, construction is going quite well


Were there any main line stations that closed in the 1960s that we speed past these days, that could possibly be this kind of size today, or towns that need one?


Carnforth, I think (WCML)

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Postby live-frog » Mon Aug 21, 2006 12:01 am

m8internet wrote:It really needs to be a rural setting
I don't really want to have to add too much additional scenery

Inner-city stations tend to either be elevated or stuck under canopies and so on
Ideally I want people to be able to see the trains!
Hence, from the photos I have seen, both Retford and Thirsk meet this
Sadly, Retford does not meet the operational requirements of my layout (not enough room to separate slow and fast trains)

disused-stations.org.uk
Some of the station names there have given me inspiration

I might also try to visit Ditton

Hello again , I worked quite close to Ditton up unitl 5 year ago. It's anything but rural . Operationally it might be OK but it's plonk in the middle of the chemical industry. Carnforth may be a better bet. I've just had a look on their site and unfortunately Steamtown Carnforth is no longer open to the public.

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Postby m8internet » Mon Aug 21, 2006 1:15 am

I simply want to visit Ditton for inspiration
The photos I looked at were certainly not inner-city and this I want to avoid
At eye-level in both directions was blue sky, and this is what I am after
I'm more than happy if the immediate vicinty is industiral, that is actually advantageous, helping the ficitious element
I am sure the WCML at this point (when I worked on ICOBS) had both fast lines and both slow lines paired together

I was under the impression that Carnforth station is still open...
It is still showing as CNF, served by TransPennine Express and Northern Rail
This would be a difficult station to model, as the buildings are very much run down now
However, I could easily visit this too
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