You know when you take one of those images that just nails it? This one above does it for me and it emphasises I’m well on the way to something good. A year or so ago I’d been working on a Southern Electric scheme that wasn’t working, so I’d changed that to a Midlands based ex Great Central Railway truncated branch. Well, that hadn’t worked either. when-youre-digging-a-hole/ it is definitely time to stop!
Remember this station shot? Well it’s pretty much the same viewpoint as the header image, and validates for me the decision to swap the layout drastically.
The swap into a small shunting yard for a coal drift mine reflects a good part of my off the beaten track interests. The revised location and workings partly inspired by Ben Ashworths Forest of Dean images, and time spent in Northumberland. Combine this with my late father in laws innate ability to blag me a morning shift visit underground at Whittle Colliery, Health and Safety? (different times mate), and I’ve got a heady mix to indulge in!
Swing the camera through 180 degrees to look at the old station throat, and the new loading bank is now underway, based on a couple of similar installations in the Forest of Dean, Parkend, being one of them. I’m keeping my options open to possibly integrate this layout into a larger Forest of Dean project, as either a drift mine or Ballast railhead.
This is the same station throat ‘location’ last year, looking at it I definitely know the correct choice was made to change the layout significantly, but the Southern itch is still there to be scratched. I’m mindful of the discussions I had at the time, with a couple of good friends bouncing ideas back and forth for the design both in its Southern and ex-GC guises. Those thoughts are very much still with me, and some of the links and images taken and sent to me were and are, very much appreciated.
Something for the new Peco Bullhead points then ..