Dalnottar Riverside :-
Dalnottar Riverside is the reincarnation of a layout originally built by Ian Futters. It was extensively rebuilt and modified by Chris Nevard for a series of articles in ‘Model Rail’ magazine in December 2014. After repatriation to Scotland, the layout was completely rewired to DCC operation in 2015 by James Reid of the Scottish Diesel & Electric Group.
Dalnottar is located on the north bank of the River Clyde near Kilpatrick between Dalmuir and Bowling. There were two railways through this area linking Glasgow with Dumbarton. The line still in use today was built by the North British Railway Company. The other line, built by the Caledonian Railway, was closed after becoming a victim of the ‘Beeching’ Act in the late 1960s. The word ‘Riverside’ was added to the line’s Caley stations by British Rail in order to distinguish them from the North British stations. The 'Riverside' line remained as a single line stump from Clydebank via Dalmuir to Dalnottar to serve local industries there. Shell Oil had a fuel terminal at Dalnottar, located at the end of the line. Other customers on the line were Chivas Regal, Arnott Young (shipbreakers). A coal yard was also situated on the line.
The layout is set within the Summer of 1979 with the premise being that during this time, the line still saw the regular use of short-formed passenger trains and DMUs serving Glasgow and Dumbarton along with a multitude of mixed-raked freight trains serving the various industries on the line.
The fuelling point at Dalnottar Riverside was often used to fuel and service locomotives using the Shell Oil Terminal but the fuelling point was primarily used to fuel and service the many locomotives using the nearby Stabling Point at Yoker each day. Even Eastfield depot would send locomotives there to be serviced prior to working their North Glasgow freight trip jobs such as ‘N33’ or ‘N34’. The Oil Terminal class 08 ‘pilot’ locomotive would also use the fuelling point on a daily basis until being ‘swapped out’ by another of the class from Yoker or Eastfield on a weekly basis.
Waddon Marsh :-
Waddon Marsh is a real place on a loop line near
Croydon in South London. The line was a freight line serving Croydon Power
Station and the passenger service was limited to 2 car EMUs. Some stock passed
the site on ECS and reversing moves but essentially Waddon Marsh was a bit of a
back water by 3rd rail South London standards.
The layout was conceived by Pete 75C and he built the main baseboard. I took the project on, completed the wiring for DCC and built fiddles and cassettes. I also built the limited housing depicted and modified a fabulous American gasometer kit to fit the scene.
We run all sound fitted Southern Region stock and can depict a period from the early 70s until just prior to Network South East. Stock is modified RTR by Heljan, Bachmann, Dapol and Hornby and sound files are supplied by LegoMan Biffo and Bryan Robertson from Howes
We will play a little fast and loose with history but run a realistic operational railway. Semaphores and coal traffic went a little earlier than the era that we can run into but in general you are seeing a little slice of south London slam door 750v 3rd rail life.
North Rd TMD :-
North Rd, is a small and compact, locomotive and wagon repair shed. It is operated by Network Rail and used as a 3rd party facility for other TOC's.
The layout is DCC sound, 6ft long by 18 inches wide and normally runs in a modern day setting, although, a quick change of stock can transport it back to an earlier time.