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Layout - Basin Street

4mm Scale (OO)

Dimensions : 16 feet x 3 feet (Total Operating Area 22 feet x 6 feet)

Operators / Builders : Neil Porter and Graham Wilson

 

 

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BASIN STREET is supposed to represent a rail served Goods Warehouse, originally built by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway, together with a canal basin absorbed into the North Eastern Railway and rail served. The location is somewhere on the eastern edge of the West Riding of Yorkshire. The two railway companies built their lines in total isolation of each other and the lines never came together – unless by means of an imaginary marshalling yard off scene.

The date is imagined to be April 19th 1948 – British Railways has existed for only three and a half months, Neil Porter is six months old and Graham Wilson is just a day old !
 
 
 
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The track used throughout the layout is SMP Scaleway, with all pointwork hand built using Bullhead Rail on Copperclad sleepers. Inset tracks within the Canal Interchange Yard and yards around the Canal Basin were made in similar fashion and then Wills Granite Setts used to simulate the yard surface.

 

 

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The canal basin contains two models of “estuarial” barges – a tanker barge which was scratchbuilt from plans obtained from a local tanker owning company, and a general cargo barge which is of a more “freelance” design but built to the same beam (Width) and freeboard (height above waterline).

 

  

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The majority of the buildings on the layout are scratchbuilt, using Wills Sheet Materials and Accessory Packs.

The coaling stage at the Canal engine shed is built using a “cut-down” Mineral Wagon, while the shed itself is made from Slater’s Plank embossed plastic sheet on a framework of 3mm square styrene strip,

The ex Lancashire and Yorkshire bonded warehouse is a combination of Slater’s English Bond brick sheet (specially run by Slater’s to make a sheet three times longer than standard to avoid joins) on the lower level, and Arched Topped Windows and Parapets from the Walther’s “Cornerstones” range. The slate roof is also made using Slater’s sheet, this time 3mm roofing sheet, whilst the canopy over the outside platform is made from Airfix (original kits) Platform Canopies, with the glazing removed as it would have been during wartime…..

The signal box at the entrance to the LMS yard complex is a modified Dapol kit on a Wills brick base, with the interior made from portions of a Signal Box Detailing kit from the Springside range.

 

 

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