Here are some photographs of my layout,
Coleston. Despite being around 20 years old now, it is still not finished
(are layouts ever really finished?). Various house moves during this time
have always seemed to involve partial rebuilding, and although the basic
station plan has remained the same, the town scene and the curve in front
of the engine shed leading to the embankment behind The Barge Inn have changed
at every stage.
As different areas of the layout are developed,
pictures of my progress will be posted in this section. So please visit
again over the coming months (years!) to see how I've been getting on.
On a wet Sunday morning in October 2011,
I wrote a little
history of Coleston, so if you've a few minutes to spare, this
little bit of modeller's escapism might be quite amusing.
A friend has just made a short film about
Coleston, and although the layout is not finished yet, it is a rather entertaining
little movie - click here to view on You Tube.
Coleston is worked by an array of some
eighty-odd locomotives (at the last count!), with a mixture of kit-built,
ready-to-run, and modified versions of both origins. The period modelled
in this section is late 50s / early 60s - steam / diesel changeover period basically.
The period 1960 - 1962 is the central point of time, but modeller's license has
decreed that a little latitude can be had here - well, it's
BR Standard 9F no.92246 having just been
coaled, is waiting to move off to be turned. Chris Bird, in unbelievably
clean overalls, takes advantage of the lovely summer's morning to fill some
oil lamps outside.
A young photographer (me? - wishfull thinking!)
captures double-chimney Castle class no.5071 "Spitfire" as it
speeds through the station on a down postal.
Dave Maidment and Neil Crawford chew the
cud over the weekend's rugby results.
The shed staff go to town on an immaculate
no.4992 "Crosby Hall", after it arrived on a running-in turn from
Swindon - shame they don't put some effort into the filthy 'Manor'
two roads behind! Even ten years or more after nationalization, the shed
and its environs still sport the 'old company's' colour scheme
- perhaps one day someone will get around to repainting it in British Railways
Western Region colours. Although with steam on its way out, and the likelihood
that the shed will close - I doubt it!
The superb Bachmann "City of Truro"
eases out of platform 2 heading for the Didcot, Newbury & Southampton
line on a local service. In 1957 this loco was actually brought out of retirement
in the old York Railway Museum, to work enthusiast's specials. It was also
expected to earn its keep on more mundane duties though, and the DNS line
was its normal stomping ground. An Edwardian liveried loco might look out
of place in a late 50s / early 60s period layout to some people's eyes,
but this is what really happened.
Collett Goods no.2244 rattles under the
Oxford Road bridge, past Preece's brewery, with the breakdown train. Eddie Gaisford has just laboured over the barrow crossing with an empty sack truck
in the nick of time!
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