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Leeds Sovereign Street & Clarence Dock - a UK based layout

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Posted by SeeYou190 on Saturday, October 9, 2021 10:10 PM

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Our town had a rare torrent of rain.   More than a months rain in a couple of hours.

We normally have heavy rains almost every day in the Summer, but this year has seemed more severe than normal. The rains seem heavier, and last longer. 

I hope the layout will be easy to get back into shape.

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Posted by NorthBrit on Saturday, October 9, 2021 1:01 PM

Our town had a rare torrent of rain.   More than a months rain in a couple of hours.

The train room was partly damaged.  Clarence Dock area took the brunt of the water.

The bridge making the circuit was also damaged.

 

 

Today I did a temporary repair  using some of the parts that are damaged.

 

 

Hopefully when fully dry   it will all join together.   If not I do have some card to make a new bridge.

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, September 9, 2021 12:06 PM

Some new residents have arrived.

 

Sylvester and Cassius

 

 

Cherub the cat and Ringo the dog.

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Monday, September 6, 2021 6:48 AM

A running session with  some 'big steam locomotives'.

LMS  6220  'Coronation'  at the Junction.

 

 

LMS 6149  'Lady of the Lake'  passing Crown Point Yard

 

 

LMS  5699  'Galatea'  passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station.

 

 

Thanks for looking

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Sunday, September 5, 2021 7:54 AM

Thank you Mark.    

Searching information  to add 'life' to the layout.

The soldiers on the platform are part of the  2/7 (Leeds Rifles) battallion  Formed at Leeds, 15 September 1914.. 1 March 1915 : came under orders of 185th Brigade, 62nd (2nd West Riding) Division.  They have been on the platform quite awhile.  Whistling

 

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Posted by Pruitt on Friday, September 3, 2021 9:00 AM

Looks good, David!

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:59 PM

On the same running session as previous  here is a heavy troop train  with members of The Northumberland Fusiliers on board.  They are passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station heading south.

 

The Railway Executive Committee took overall control of  railway carriages and trucks etc to ensure supplies were reaching the Military in France/Belgium.

The troop train consists of various carriages from different Companies.

The front two are from the North British Railway Company.  Others from The Stockton & Darlington Railway.

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Thursday, September 2, 2021 2:30 PM

When I am on my own and run the steam engines I have them running in a 1914/1919  timeframe.  A timeframe that interests me.  Not the horrors of the trenches.  More the political side.  Britain was preparing for war in 1909 and the build up to 1914.

 

A local business near me, Northumbrian Painting Services make models of figures for different theaters of war and different timeframes (as far back as 1513 and the Anglo-Scots War.)   They also make various other items.   I purchased some ammunition boxes and recently some 'pit props',  all in HO/00  scale.

 

Here is a train of wagons with some pit props for usein France.  Locomotive 'East Keswick' in charge  about to pass Roseville Station.

 

The same train passing Leeds Sovereign Street Station

 

 

The train has been marshalled at Leeds LNWR Goods Yard and is now heading south with locomotive 'Leefy' in charge

 

 

The journey south continues.

 

 

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Posted by NorthBrit on Tuesday, August 24, 2021 6:15 AM

Three views around Clarence Dock.

Clarence Dock Goods Yard.    The building on the right was originally from my old diorama/layout of Lybster Station.  Lybster is near Wick, Caithness, Scotland.  The building was made of wood  (typical to the line.)    Here, brick papers are added to give a feeling of Leeds, Yorkshire.  

The platform at the rear is also from 'Lybster'.    The real platform at Clarence Dock was a temporary affair and lasted  less than a year.  Modelers license means it is still in use.

 

 

Clarence Dock.   The Glencairn wagon is far from home.   Glencairn is aso near Lybster. Smile

 

 

The Signal Box controls the entrance to Clarence Dock.

 

 

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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

 

 

Thanks for looking.

 

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

SeeYou190

 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

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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.

-Kevin

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

SeeYou190

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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

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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.

 

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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

 

 

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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.

 

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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.

 

David

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