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05.04.2016
Google Ads are only seen by non-members of RMweb - Create an RMweb account and you'll only receive modelling ads. At the risk of diverting attention from my current project(!), I thought I might post some details of what I got up to in the pre-RMWeb age. This then is the description of a OO-gauge loft layout that has now run its course and is to be gradually dismantled over the coming months and years. Gowhole sidings was started in 1988 at a time when I led a nomadic existence but had at my disposal a loft space at my Muma€™s house. The locale has been a popular source of inspiration for modellers over the years, with Chinley station itself being the more obvious location to depict. The diagrammatic track plan shows what I fitted into the space available, that being 20a€™ x 14a€™ at its extremities (the roof eaves sloped down on all four sides).
As can be seen, there was a basic double-track circuit round the loft, which represented the a€?slowa€™ lines (set at the correct ruling gradient of 1-in-90 past the sidings) and a second double-track circuit on the outside and into the a€?Ua€™ to represent the a€?fasta€™ lines.
Those familiar with my approach to Peco trackwork on Grantham will perhaps recognise the style of adaptation to replicate prototypical track formations; all lessons learnt have been carried forward into the current project. The model depicts the area in the 1950a€™s LMR era (although I didna€™t like to be too particular, resulting in LMS-liveried 0-6-0a€™s rubbing shoulders with the Midland Pullman).
I was fortunate that several books covering the line were published giving detailed operational information, including full working timetables.
A complete loco diagramming exercise was undertaken and all locos running on the layout had a defined a€?purposea€™ and specific plan of where they went next upon arrival at any location. Passengers services were fewer by comparison, although the most recent aspect of the model involved the intended lower level fiddle yard morphing into a condensed representation of Manchester Central station. As you can see, there was a fairly consistent approach to weathering and also carrying of correct lampcodes (lamps could be removed and re-positioned if required). The layout has admirably served its purpose, allowed me to hone and define my railway modelling standard a€“ and above all was great fun to operate. I have loads of print photographs taken over the years so will scan those in - but I can probably re-take most of them with my current D-SLR.


That shot of New Mills Junction is exquisite - everything about it is authentic - lovely prototypical junction, midland signals and signal box, double telegraph poles, proper cess and ballast shoulder, just enough scenery to frame the railway. These two shots give an overall view of Gowhole sidings (complete with stock boxes beneath!). Having been serviced, 47983, heads back for home with some coal empties (plus some assorted general traffic).
I quite like the angle of this view of a royal Scot sweeping downhill through the junction towards Manchester. Reasoning that she was unlikely to move house in a long time I embarked on building my layout there, based on a weekly visit and occasional work weekends (Mums like you to visit regularly!). In some cases I guess it grew beyond this into a layout in its own right but in other areas it is still quite crude.
The real Gowhole sidings lay athwart the former Midland Railwaya€™s mainline out of Manchester. Being Manchester born, it is an area that I am very familiar with and indeed I am old enough (just) to remember being taken to see the last vestiges of steam in the February snows of 1968 at Gowhole. There was also an additional length of roof (part of an extension to the original house) in which there was (just) room for an extended a€?Ua€™. The latter was never completed (the section shown dotted was never in fact constructed) but at least there genuinely were four tracks running through and past Gowhole, made possible by double junctions at New Mills South and Bugsworth (beyond Gowhole). Much of the operation of the layout was based around goods traffic arriving at Gowhole and being a€?sorteda€™ and then departing for their onwards destinations.
This showed that goods traffic outnumbered passenger workings by as much as five to one at certain times of the day(!) Much of this was the inevitable coal traffic, Gowhole acting as a distribution point for block loads coming across the pennines from the South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire coalfields (and corresponding collection of empties returning back). This I have decided will survive to become the a€?rest of the worlda€™ at my proposed Carlisle layout. I took many pictures over the years and intend to have one final comprehensive photography session for posterity before the tracklifting gang move in in earnest so I should be able to post whatever folks might be interested in seeing a little more of. The alignment of the running lines you can see in the centre of the opening photograph was set by a computer! So I can only take partial credit for the lovely reverse sweep of them.


I'll let you into a little secret though - I did allow a few (green) diesels on the layout, to represent the very end of the era being depicted. I have just spent a nostalgic hour or so scanning in some of the best of previous print pictures taken over the years, so here they are.
The two heading uphill have replacement Comet chassis, whilst Heaton Mersey's 48503 is an original Wrenn. As it was taken before the signals were installed and is a bit fuzzy in places, I'll have a go at re-taking with the DSLR for a future posting. In the background, Fowler 2-6-2T 40067 waits to follow with a South District line local service. The 2-6-2T is reversing out having brought a rake of stock in, as 2P40470 (with Midland tender) arrives with a local from Chinley. Set as it was amongst the picturesque Peak District foothills, it was at the heart of a busy stretch of a four track railway between New Mills South Junction (where the routes out of Manchester met) and Chinley North Junction (when Sheffield and Derby routes diverged). My preference therefore was to be a bit a€?differenta€™ and so the busy freight yard at Gowhole was chosen as the basis for the layout.
The layout never really seem to suffer too much despite the hot and cold extremes; possibly this was due to the installation of a velux window.
The infamous ICI hoppers make an early appearance (I made up 6 of them, resin castings from Peak Model shop in Buxton at the time). Below the scene can be seen the route of Hayfield branch with the mainline control panel underneath that. I'm under no illusion that many will take one look at a thread like this and quickly move on elsewhere.



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