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Leeds Sovereign Street & Clarence Dock - a UK based layout

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, August 22, 2021 11:01 AM

Just before I went on vacation I ordered some 'Victorian' figures  from a local company,  Northumbrian Painting Services, Hexham, Northumberland.   They have arrived and are in a little scene outside Roseville Station.  They fit in with the car my younger granddaughter bought me.

Where are they going?

Or have they just returned?

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 2:00 PM

The gandchildren have gone home.    One last turn of the controls.  One speed = full speed.

 

Almost a blur at the rear.

 

 

Speeding over the level crossing.

 

 

Meanwhile I took the relaxed approach at Clarence Dock.  Two rare boxvans  make an appearance.

 

The steam crane is called to do some work

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:57 AM

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 That looks like fun! I'll bet the risk is worth the reward.

Happy kids are the best.

-Kevin  

 

I gave up worrying about broken things when they visit.  Whistling  Laugh

 

One way for passengers  to travel! Yeah

 

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:48 AM

NorthBrit
The grandchildren take control.

That looks like fun! I'll bet the risk is worth the reward.

Happy kids are the best.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, August 10, 2021 10:36 AM

The grandchildren take control.

 

 

 

I shall entertain myself with the new garden railway.

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, August 5, 2021 5:03 AM

More pictures taken on a running session.

 

A Leeds Central to Dewsbury Market Place Station DMU  waits at the jJunction Signals.

 

 

Two freight locomotives wait at Crown Point Yard  ready for their next turn of duty.

 

 

A Wetherby bound Class 142 waits for right of way  as a late, diverted London to Leeds Central Pullman service clears the Junction.   There must have been a locomotive failure as a Class 37  37417  'Highland Region' is in charge of the train.

 

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, August 2, 2021 10:02 AM

A couple of pictures from the last running session.

 

Class 47  47402  Gateshead with a Castleford to Leeds Central  two carriage local train  passing Wyndham Farm and Canal Corner.

 

 

The same train passing Marston's Scrap Yard.

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 10:44 AM

They look really good, Kevin.  Dark olive green seems a good color.  Reminds me of the old Post Office Telephones vehicles here in the UK.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:20 AM

NorthBrit
That would be nice to see.   Railroad modeling never ends. 

All I can share are the models I have collected to represent my mail train.

It will be pulled by either this USRA Light Pacific or an Alco RS-3.

It will have an express reefer and two mail storage cars.

This Railway Post Office will be include for letter sorting.

Finally, this passenger car will be included in case of any fare paying passengers.

All of these are shorter model, the longest being 65 feet, so they should look OK on my tighter curves.

I have not decided what colour to paint the mail train equipment. I am thinking very dark olive green with white lettering would look appropriate for this equipment.

Mt intention is to add lighting to the RPO and Obsevration car. This will be the first time I have lighted a passenger train, and just having two cars to work on seems like a good place to start.

I have five pairs of excellent Tenshodo passenger car trucks for this train. My plan is to use the two mail storage cars and maybe the express reefer for electrical pickup, and run wires to the two lighted passenger cars. I will probably put a constant lighting circuit in one of the mail cars to prevent flickering.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, July 21, 2021 9:06 AM

SeeYou190

 NorthBrit

Empty parcel vans passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station on their way to York.

 That picture makes me want to work on my own mail train.

-Kevin   

 

That would be nice to see.   Railroad modeling never ends.  Laugh

Here in the UK  we had parcel vans carrying only parcels.   Letters were carried in letter sorting carriages.   I have a rake of blue carriages and a rake of red ones.  The red ones were the more modern ones.

These days letters are no longer sorted on trains, so they are carried in the parcel vans.

 

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Class 26  26015  on a York to Leeds Central  two carriage  local train.   The curves of the track are on the small size for the now longer carriages.    One reason why the real rail line closed.  Modelers license means the line is open.

 

 

As an aside.   Now the real area the line ran through is more populated,  there is (serious)   talk  of relaying track from Leeds to Wetherby.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 11:43 AM

NorthBrit
Empty parcel vans passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station on their way to York.

That picture makes me want to work on my own mail train.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, July 20, 2021 10:13 AM

 

 

Empty parcel vans passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station on their way to York.

 

 

Passing Roseville Station.  37026 Glencairn  in charge.  The vans were weathered in January 21 with some old make-up powders Dawn was 'throwing away'.

 

 

Behind the trees and bushes.

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, July 18, 2021 12:17 PM

The 45t crane has been 'dirtied' up a little to knock the plastic look.

Compare to above

 

 

A little running of trains.   Class 121 on its way to Seacroft  passing the signal to the Junction.

 

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:55 AM

When researching a route for the route the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway took to Leeds Sovereign Street part of the way was using the East & West Yorkshire Union Railway line.

The real line is now abandoned.  Here is an introduction to the E&WYUR.  Note the little four wheeled carriages  (at 8.00)    typical at the time.

 

Thanks for following.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, July 17, 2021 9:39 AM

Thank you once again, Douglas for your kind words.  They are much appreciated.

As I have mentioned previously, I wrote a list of what must be included on the layout.  Surprisingly the layout was then easy  to build.   Now the grandchildren and daughter bring things and 'have to be included'.   They search around to find the items.  Sometimes they ask me where items are  and I forget where they are.  Embarrassed   We do find them eventually. Thumbs Up

I let the grandchildren  operate the running of trains  when they visit.  I just operate the turnouts.

As for the size of the layout,  I assure you it is 11ft by 8ft (give an inch either way).

 

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Posted by PM Railfan on Saturday, July 17, 2021 2:05 AM

David:

Im with Kevin, that other crane has ALOT of charactor to it. Much like your layout. So much clutter - I love it. Every pic has so much detail to pick out and look at. It really belies that fact your only 11'x8' and to me, gives the impression of a much bigger railroad than your letting on.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Friday, July 16, 2021 8:02 AM

'Newish items'.

A new garden shed from my elder granddaughter.

 

 

Royal Mail has a new Commer van

 

 

Not so new 45t  crane  still in German markings

 

 

David

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, July 11, 2021 12:07 PM

Clarence Dock.

The entrance to Clarence Dock.   The buildings on the backscene  are actually of the area and are still standing (just). Hyde Park Picture House (Cinema) is far right. There is a plan in situ to save the  Picture House.

  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hyde_Park_Picture_House

 

 

 

Early morning.

 

 

The small goods yard

 

 

The puddles are still there.  A thick layer of varnish with a thin piece of plastic over.  If and when it gets dusty,  a wipe with a corner of a damp cloth.  The damp patches are simply coatings of varnish,  more 'coats' in places giving the impression some areas drying quicker than others.

 

 

 

There we have it.  A simple, easy to operate layout by one person, or two, or three, four maximum.

Next - The rolling stock.

 

Thanks for looking.

 

David

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, July 8, 2021 11:50 AM

Arriving at Roseville Station we find it is actually a one platform 'halt'.    Only local trains stop here.  A busy station nontheless.

 

 

Roseville Station is the nearest station to St James' Hospital.  Sister Sandra Brown is on her way to Hospital.

 

 

 

The stormy weather has caused some damage.   A fence is being repaired.

Actually one of those 'happy accidents' where the fence would not 'stand properly'.  I gave up and put two workmen fixing it.   They are slow workers.  They have been there neary two years.

 

 

The local train continues its journey to Seacroft.   A bird can be seen on Charlie Marston's roof.

The trees and large bushes are dried twigs with flock glued on.

 

Looking towards the junction  where trains then pass Canal Corner  and Wyndham Farm again.  A scene I like  where I just look at the scenery and relax.   Often I change things.  Trees grow bigger.  New plants 'grow' as others 'die'.

 

 

Next I shall show Clarence Dock  after rainfall.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 2:34 PM

The journey continues North East.

As we depart Leeds Sovereign Street we take the left fork at The Calls Junction.   On our right we see a red Heavy Woollen District bus  number 1A to Leeds.

As a young lad traveling to Earlsheaton the bus to travel on was Number 1 to Dewsbury.   Then travel on another bus to Earlsheaton.   I could save a little money if I traveled on the 1A  because it went to Earlsheaton first.

A member on a UK Forum offered me the model of the bus at a good price.

As can be seen the bus is passing Amelia's Fashions.  Amelia is my elder granddaughter.   (Getting the grandchildren involved. Smile)

 

 

Also at The Calls is some  small businesses.   I see the trash is being taken away.  Done by hand in 1970.  No mechanical aids then.

 

 

As the train passes behind Roseville Road  we see typical businesses of the  time.

Different color on the road due to roadwork repairs.

 

 

The pathway is breaking up with vehicles on them.

I have three W A Glendinning lorries.   

 

 

The train is now behind Roseville School.    The model is of one seen in Earlsheaton in brickwork and not stone as the real one.   The railing is sandwiched between two pieces of card brickwork.  As a young lad in Earlsheaton I would stand on the stomework holding the railing.    The Royal Mail Commer Van is typical of the time.

 

 

More to follow.

Thanks for looking.

 

David

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Wednesday, July 7, 2021 5:36 AM

Lastspikemike.   Sorry I missed your last comment.  Yes the coaching inns were the forerunners to the postal service.    There is a book  'Masters of the Post,  History of the Royal Mail'  by  Duncan Campbell-Smith.  A very interesting book (imo).

 

Dave & Kevin.   Thank you for such kind words.     

 Over the years I have seen layouts either in magazines or at shows  most seem the same.   The same backscene pictures, same buildings  etc.   With Leeds Sovereign Street & Clarence Dock  I wanted a railway running thru scenery.  After all the scenery was there first.

Showing this layout 'over the pond'  is not about 'how I did it'.   Far from it.  My modeling skills are poor, (but improving Smile).   What I want to show is things that are not normally modeled.   Add things to the layout that have nothing to do with railroads.   Little scenes we see every day  yet give little thought.  

Father loading a automobile,  son helping. "Are they going on holiday?"  "Where to?"  Mother at the front door,  handbag,  another bag on the floor.  "Is the door locked?"    No they are not going on holiday, they have just returned.

Just one scene with two scenarios.

Then there are dogs and cats.  The different scenes  we see them in.   The wildlife all around us.

The weather.   It is not always sunshine.   Try modeling rainfall, puddles of water.

See what you see and not what you thought you saw.      Dare to be different.   It is easier than being in the crowd.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 9:18 PM

hon30critter
I've said this before but it deserves repeating. Each of your buildings and your scenes is enthralling! I could spend hours studying your work even without trains running. There is so much character.

David's layout pictures are the proof-positive for me of my belief that only the layout builder should photograph their own layout. 

It looks like he is able to bring out the love of modeling in his pictures in a way I never could if I took the photographs of his work.

Every picture is wonderful.

-Kevin

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Posted by hon30critter on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 8:52 PM

Hi David,

I've said this before but it deserves repeating. Each of your buildings and your scenes is enthralling! I could spend hours studying your work even without trains running. There is so much character.

I look forward to every one of your layout posts.

Cheers!!

Dave

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 12:01 PM

The journey has arrived at Leeds Sovereign Street.   There is no train yet, so let's take a look around.

There is a light snowfall.   Something I am trying out, just to be different. Smile

 

Fairburn Lawson's.   In both wars they switched production to arms manufacturing, so have place on the layout.

 

 

Hey & Humphreys bottling plant.     As a young lad of 9 to 11 years of age,  to earn some money, I used to put empty H & H bottles in crates to return to them. 

Some barrels of ale have arrived to be bottled.

 

 

Smith & Butler's printer.  It was here I started my first (official) job.  They taught me so much.

 

 

Town Tailors.   My dear Grandmother was a (very good) tailoress. Working from home,  every week suit material would arrive at her house and by the end of the week a number of suits would be made.  Family members gave her little business the nickname of Town Tailors.   

That was on top of running a house and feeding the family.  She also made clothes for the family.   We always wore good clothes.   Grandmother is no longer with us, but at family get togethers  we youngsters'   still mention Town Tailors.

Cases of uniforms ready for despatch on the dock.

 

T&J Harrison.  Small Arms & Ammunition.   Still going and trading well.

The loading dock is full waiting despatch to the south.

 

 

Hudson Ward Flour Millers.   Like Archbolds & Glendinning's  another Haulage Company  dear to my heart.   What I learnt stood me great stead thruout my life.

 

 

More to follow.

 

Thanks for following.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, July 6, 2021 5:09 AM

SeeYou190

 The weathering on the scrap locomotives is remarkable.

Great scene.

Iave collected a lot of models of WW2 German equipment to populate my eventual scrap yard.

-Kevin

 
 
Thank you once again Kevin.    I just played around with colors of paint until I got what I wanted.
 
I like your idea of  a  WW2 German equipment for a scrap yard.  Be different to others.  People notice  and remember.
 
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A  Leeds City Corporation bus is turning to go up Swinegate. The Crown & Anchor  must be open as a young couple are entering.   A train must be about to leave Leeds Sovereign Street Station as the signal  is at go.
 
 
 
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Posted by SeeYou190 on Monday, July 5, 2021 5:12 PM

NorthBrit
I wanted a 'scrap yard'.    I saw part of this at a train show.   I parted with the equivalent of $25.00.    I added other scrap locomotives.   A scrap yard with a difference.   At the time I had never seen any other  locomotive scrap yard,  but I know some modelers are now building one.

 

 

The weathering on the scrap locomotives is remarkable.

Great scene.

I have collected a lot of models of WW2 German equipment to populate my eventual scrap yard.

-Kevin

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, July 5, 2021 3:50 PM

The journey onwards.

 

56036  is at Crown Point Junction.  Behind is  Ash Farm Fields and 'the lake'. 

New track is required here and ballasting down.

 

 

J H Thompson  Timber Merchants.   When I saw models of timber merchants they were all the same.  I wanted mine to be different and with little people working there.

 

 

 

56036 at the locomotive fuelling yard.    To the left is John King.   He has a Yard Pass  giving him permission to take photographs.   Michael Caine  in  'The Ipcress File'  is being shown at the Forum Cinema.

 

 

A scene on Crown Point Road.   The blue buses are in Samuel (Sammy)  Ledgard colors.   I was a regular passenger on the real ones to Otley or Castleford.  The cream colored one at the rear is a Wallace Arnold touring bus.  Another Company bus  we traveled on.

 

 

More to Follow.

Thanks for reading.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, July 4, 2021 9:48 AM

Kevin.   Thank you for your comment.  It is much appreciated.

 

The journey continues.

 

Road haulage has always been huge in my life;  from being taken to Liverpool or Hull, to spending 31 years  in the business, then afterwards.   Two Companies that became part of my life were Archbolds Storage & Distribution of Gildersome (near Leeds),   and W.A. Glendinning of Shotley Bridge, County Durham.  Both Companies are no longer there now;  although Archbolds have premisis in the Birmingham area.

I have combined both Companies into one  -  Archbold's and Glendinning's.

Here is D.K.  (Archbold)  having a word before leaving.

 

 

Scenes around the small Industrial Park.  My eldest grandson likes this area and often gets his vehicles out and plays here.  'Life goes on'  with the little people oblivious to any trains.

 

 

 

 

The Class 56 locomotive is now at the junction.  A picture of my son on the quad bike is seen  'rounding up the sheep'.   On his days off work he is often seen on a family farm at 'Longstruther'  Northumberland.  His picture is on the backscene.  The sheep are not.  A bird is on the fence.

 

 

Looking at the scene from the control area.  The roof of the locomotive can just be seen.   I dislike the 'prim and proper' look.  

 

 

I wanted a 'scrap yard'.    I saw part of this at a train show.   I parted with the equivalent of $25.00.    I added other scrap locomotives.   A scrap yard with a difference.   At the time I had never seen any other  locomotive scrap yard,  but I know some modelers are now building one.

 

 

Still at the back of Marston's Scrap Yard.   Trees hug the backscene. 

 

 

More to follow.

Thanks for looking.

 

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Sunday, July 4, 2021 9:23 AM

NorthBrit

In the box from a family member was a beat-up crane.

That is a great model. I love all the character it has.

Nice find.

-Kevin

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, July 3, 2021 1:04 PM

NorthBrit
A journey around the layout.

Thanks for the great tour David.

I will be back for more.

-Kevin

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