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Leeds Sovereign Street & Clarence Dock - a UK based layout

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, January 16, 2022 5:52 AM

The layout is a secondary routing   out of Leeds Central and the main trains operating are local ones going to and coming from surrounding towns.

Whenever I feel like it I can operate diverted main line trains.  Thus giving variety  and believability as it did actually happen in real life on secondary routes.

 

Here is one such train.  Class 55  D9014  'The Duke of Wellington's Regiment'  on a diverted Edinburgh to Leeds Central  'North Briton'  Pullman Service.  It is passing Leeds Sovereign street Station.

 

 IMG_5916 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Being a secondary route it means freight trains use it more,  giving relief on the Main Line for faster trains.

Here is Class 25  25237  on a Northbound freight to Leeds New Station Goods Yard.  It is near The Calls Junction.

 

 IMG_5918 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

By keeping a believable history of a railroad and mixing a lot of actual fact and a little fiction.  A living model railroad grows.

 

Adding little scenes that have nothing to do with railroading  ------

 

Jimmy Rickleton is working on some machine he has just purchased.  Perhaps he should spend some time cutting back the bushes.   Maybe he is like me in liking the overgrown look.  Smile

 

 IMG_5902 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, January 20, 2022 2:33 PM

I have been working on the signalling  today,  then trying out the camera on my phone.

 

Class 47  47711  'Greyfriars Bobby'  on a two carriage local  Leeds Central to York arriving Leeds Sovereign Street Station.

 

 IMG_1932 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

End of the line at Clarence Dock - 1915.    After the rain with puddles./

 

 IMG_1933 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Thursday, January 20, 2022 4:58 PM

David,

That "after the rain" shot looks like a greasy place to be!

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Posted by PM Railfan on Thursday, January 20, 2022 10:59 PM

I personally like the reflection in that puddle. Though i still have to toss ya a few cudos on the salvage yard scene. It is a love/hate kinda scene. Ya hate to see steamers in that condition in such a place, yet you did the scene so well i love it!

Now the tricky light thru yonder window picture at top of this page, all thats missing there is 1000 harking angels. That would probably be a good thread to start - train photos that turned out unexpected!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, January 21, 2022 12:28 PM

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David,

That "after the rain" shot looks like a greasy place to be!

 

 
 
Mark   Thank you for your kind comment.  It is much appreciated. 
 The real Clarence Dock became very neglected,  so dark and dismal  after the railways left and the dock unused.
Now it is totally regenerated  with  a new name of Leeds Dock,  apartments, cafes etc..  There are pleasure craft tavelling from Leeds Dock  up  the canal and River Aire.   The place to live and be seen.
 
 
Douglas.   I like to model things not normally seen on layouts.
 
After the rain was great fun to do  -   pieces of thin, clear plastic over clear varnish for the puddles..   Patches of varnish on the ground giving wet and dry ground.
 
As for the Angels? Not seen any  - yet!
 
 
One of the first scenes I made of puddles.
 
 
 
Sun shining on another day.
 
 
 IMG_5898 by David Harrison, on Flickr
 
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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, January 23, 2022 9:20 AM

Two panoramic views of the layout.

 

The 45t crane is out on a job, passing the Junction

 

 IMG_1969 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Overall view of Crown Point Yard

 

 IMG_1972 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking

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Posted by hon30critter on Monday, January 24, 2022 2:52 PM

I love the scenes David!

The background painting is extremely good. Did you do that?

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, January 24, 2022 6:17 PM

hon30critter

I love the scenes David!

The background painting is extremely good. Did you do that?

Dave    

 

Thank you Dave for your kind comments.

Yes I did the background painting.   It helped on my recovery from a minor stroke I had a ittle while back.

 

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Posted by Track fiddler on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 8:21 AM

Good morning

As I've said before in WPF, I always appreciate the uniqueness of your over the pond layout photos DavidBow

I enjoyed checking out the more current photos I haven't seen yet over coffee this morningYes

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:31 AM

Thank you for your kind words again, TF.  They are much appreciated.  It is a layout that tries to be different to others I have seen.   A layout that is  fun to build and  operate.

 

On another thread I said I would post scenes of around Charlie Marston's Yard.

 

It is the late 1960s early 1970s when people wanted to buy old locomotives and try to preserve them.

Prospective buyers are negotiating with Charlie on a possible purchase.

 

 IMG_1934 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Meanwhile,  work commences in the yard.

 

 IMG_1936 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

 IMG_1937 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

 IMG_1939 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 4:44 AM

Many here in the U.K.  know I run steam locomotives in a timeframe 1914/1919   and diesels  in a timeframe  late 1960s/early70s.

Off course it is my railroad  and sometimes a daft half hour happens.

 

Back when it all started.

 

'Rocket' arriving at Roseville Station.

 

 IMG_1944 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

and leaving the station

 

 IMG_1945 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Even if you run trains seriously,  have fun with it.  Big Smile

 

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Posted by hon30critter on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 5:18 AM

NorthBrit
Off course it is my railroad  and sometimes a daft half hour happens.

Hi David,

That is my philosophy exactly! I fully intend to run Hogwarts Express whenever it suits me without any bogus excuses like "it's an excursion train". I've even added sound and lights to enhance the experience. Maybe I'll get a little dry ice fog to go with it!Smile, Wink & GrinLaughClown

Cheers!!

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Posted by Water Level Route on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 5:28 AM

NorthBrit
Even if you run trains seriously,  have fun with it.

Absolutely!  Love seeing the Rocket!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 9:00 AM

Lastspikemike

Is that Hornby's more recent release of that classic model? I'm tempted. Now that really would be modeller's license to run the Rocket through the Rockies. Might need a pusher.....

 

 
Yes,  LSM.    It is DC.   I added the 'smoke effect'.  Smile
 
A generous family member bought it for me.
 
 
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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, January 26, 2022 2:03 PM

Dave.  Hogwarts Express in Ontario?   I like it. Smile

Mike.   'Rocket'  is a great talking point.  Smile

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, January 27, 2022 3:44 AM

Some people know  I support the preservation of the paddle steamer 'Medway Queen'  (PSMQ).   To raise funds they have commissioned Dapol to produce railway wagons  (00 and N gauge).

I have purchased the two latest ones and they have arrived.

I can now operate a service with my PSMQ   wagons at Clarence Dock.  To make it a little authentic  (for half an hour or so) I rename the dock Gillingham Pier;  the home of Medway Queen.

 

All the wagons on their way to Gillingham Pier.

 

 IMG_1982 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Two scenes at Gillingham Pier.

 

 IMG_1984 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

 IMG_1986 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, January 29, 2022 11:33 AM

A busy time with family visiting different days, so not much train running.   Just running the odd train now and again.

 

Two views of Class 26  26009  on a Leeds Central to Castleford  three carriage local.

 

Passing Crown Point Yard

 

 IMG_1989 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

And at the Junction.

 

 IMG_1990 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

I decided to remove my 'big' steam engines  from the display shelf and start running them.

 

Here is LMS Royal Scot Class 6149  'Lady of the Lake'  on a photoshoot at Leeds Sovereign Street Station  prior to 'going into service'.

The real  6149   was built for the LMS by the North British Railway in 1927.

 

 IMG_1991 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, February 1, 2022 4:41 AM

No grandchildren today, so the big steam engines had a run down the line.

 

6233   'Duchess of  Sutherland'  at Leeds Sovereign Street Station.

 

 IMG_1992 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

and in her glory!

 

 IMG_1994 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

6220  'Coronation'   

 

 IMG_1996 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

5699  'Galatea' at Roseville Station.    The real 5699  was based at Leeds.

 

 IMG_1997 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, February 7, 2022 3:43 AM

Did some serious train running yesterday.

 

On Shed 

Class 47  47474  'Sir Rowland Hill'

Class 55  55016  'Gordon Highlander'

Class 52  D1035     'Western Yeoman'

 

 IMG_2011 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

 

Class 55  55016  'Gordon Highlander'   at Crown Point Junction on its way to Leeds Central  for its next turn of duty.

 

 IMG_2012 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Class 52  D1017  'Western Warrior'  receiving 'a drop of oil'.   She has just arrived on a Swansea to Leeds Central service.

 

 IMG_2018 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking.

 

David

 

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, February 7, 2022 8:27 AM

The Seacroft to Leeds Central Class 121  at Roseville Station.   The rather thin looking person is from a pack of figures from China.   Really a bad buy.   In the (slow) process of replacing them.

 

 IMG_2020 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

A  freight train bound for R.O.F.  Barnbow,  Class 25  25218  in charge  as it passes Leeds Sovereign Street Station.   The thin coasting of 'snow' is 'melting'.

 

 IMG_2024 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

The same train is near Roseville Station.

 

 IMG_2026 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

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Posted by NVSRR on Monday, February 7, 2022 11:21 AM

Do you have any of the class 45/46 peaks?    Loves me the class 37 though.    Of course the sound of. 55 takes the show.    What was the largest steam loco in service in Britian?  
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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, February 7, 2022 12:43 PM

Hi NVSRR.   I have 45048  'The Royal Marines'   and 46010  Peaks.  Two Class 37s   37026  'Glencairn and 37417  'Highland Region'.  Thirteen Class 55s

 

The largest steam loco in service in Britain was  LNER built  2-8-0 + 0-8-2  Garratt.

When built the new P2  2-8-2  'Prince of Wales'  will be the most powerful locomotive  to operate in the U.K..

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 2:44 PM

The two Class 37s and two 'Peaks'.

37026  Glencairn,   37417  Highland Region,  45048  The Royal Marines  &  46010.

 

 IMG_2036 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 5:06 PM

I keep forgetting about the garrats.  

 

Who makes a decent 37 model?

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Posted by NVSRR on Tuesday, February 8, 2022 8:00 PM

There are a couple of working 2 foot gauge ones over there too.  forget which line they are on. 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, February 9, 2022 6:12 AM

Shane  -   Most UK model railway manufacturers make Class 37 locomotives.   I do nort know the best manufacturer.  Each seem to have good and bad points in the reviews.

 

Garratt locomotves in North Wales.

 

https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/north-wales-news/watch-iconic-narrow-gauge-loco-17347978

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, February 13, 2022 4:55 AM

Having fun.   Just running trains.

 

Recent purchase.  A All First Class carriage Leeds Scarcroft & Wetherby Railway.

 

 IMG_2040 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

A Seacroft bound freight train of the Kirkstall & East Seacroft Railway  passing Roseville Station.;  locomotive 'Zephyrus'  in charge. 

 IMG_2041 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

A Dewsbury Market Place to Leeds Central passenger train  passing the Junction.

The carriages -  from the locomotive.

Lancashire & Yorkshire 6 wheeled All 3rd Class Clerestory.

London & North Western  6 wheeled  1st/3rd Class.

London & North Western 4 wheeled All Third Class.

Great Northern Railway  4 wheeled  All First Class.

 

 IMG_2043 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

In real life  both the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway and London & North Western Railway  had close agreement regarding running of trains.   So much so in 1922  they amalgamated into one Company.

The railway line from Dewsbury to Leeds Central  ran along part of Great Northern Railway  metals  hence  the GNR  carriage  added on to the train.  Another agreement between the Companies.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, February 26, 2022 8:39 AM

In days gonethe real factories in Sovereign Street  would have a delivery of coal once or twice a week.  Normally the deliveries would be by road transport.

Modelers license allows the deliveries to be made by rail,  bringing variety to operations.

(Anyone reading this;  remember your factories/businesses need coal/oil/stationery/food etc.  Okay so it probably came by road.  Delivering by rail is much more fun.)

 

Here is  the second delivery this week of coal to Hudson Ward Flour Millers.

 

 IMG_2075 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

As I have mentioned previously,  the real line was built by the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway.   Being amember of The L&Y Railway Society I looked at some photographs of  carriages the Company had.

I wanted  a Brake/third carriage.  Wondering how I was to get one  lo and behold there  is one in the Bachmann Thomas The Tank range.   A repaint  to L&Y colors and success.

Here she is at the rear of a two carriage Leeds Central to Dewsbury Market Place local service.

 

 IMG_2072 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Part order of trasfers/decals have arrived to finish the alterations.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, March 1, 2022 11:19 AM

Ah!   There by lies tales of times gone.

Tales of The General Strike of 1926;  handed down through time.

Accidents in mines  in Yorkshire.

Exchanging stories with an old Welsh miner (retired) in Merthy Tydfil.

Coal being delivered by rail to the staithes near Gilsland for the local coal man to deliver.  (As far as I am aware still going on today.)

Paying more for house coal, even though coke was cheaper.   The heat from coke was far less than coal.

When we lived in the Border Counties Railway area we got free coal from Mootlaw Quarry, Northumberland.  They were after quarry stone and came across a small seam of coal.  Free to anyone who took it away.

As for modeling any real railroad,  selective compression is a must.  The real Leeds Sovereign Street   is over 200 yards long.  With a space of 4x1 and a bit  something has to be ommitted.  Alyth Yard would be the same.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, March 5, 2022 6:34 AM

I have joined The Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway Society.   They hae sent me an array of magazines and books to read  giving me a great insight into the workings etc. of the L&Y.   Here are some  of the magazines etc.

 

 IMG_2100 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

A scene of part of the layout.  Beyond the fence is backscene.

 

 IMG_2094 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

When I run the little steam engines the layout is in a timeframe of 1914/1919

Here is a  Southbound Troop Train  passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station  with soldiers of  The King's Scottish Borderers.  The frast two carriages are North British Railway  ones.  The green one is a Stockton & Darlington Third Class.

 

 IMG_2104 by David Harrison, on Flickr

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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