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Recently transferred from the Scottish region to Ashburton grove for services in West Yorkshire is a three car class 101 DMU ,it is seen here arriving at the MPD for refuelling-and later doing some driver training runs......

 

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I was delighted finally to get my hands on a Dapol HST Intercity 125  book set in its iconic blue and grey livery,

It is a fantastic model and is certainly no comparison to the Graham farish version which I also have,

The power cars have directional lighting and a smooth running motor,

I also purchased three weathered TTA tanker wagons which are seen here delivering fuel to the MPD behind 47 635.

 

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It was back to business at Ashburton grove after the rush  over the Christmas/New year break,

With the construction of an oil storage tank facility at the factory sidings , the freight business has increased , there is now a daily oil train to and from the depot which is keeping the 08 shunter busy,

The passenger side is busy with an increase in size for the two car DMU to five with the addition of the three piece class 101,

Here are a few photos from todays operations.

 

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With the two class 20 locomotives having gone to the MPD for servicing, it was the turn of the class 37-(37 261) to be allocated to freight duties,

Here we see the locomotive coupled to a tanker train in the loop-awaiting line clearance and the passage of several HSTs - it will follow the class 56 hauled freight which in turn later will arrive on the loop and its wagons be shunted to the factory sidings by the class 08 shunter. 

 

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It was a busy evening at the factory sidings for the driver of the Class 08 shunter, a late departure of the class 56 hauled freight seen the class 37 hauled tanker train unusually  held on the down mainline for the freight to clear, once out of the section, the 08 came out of the sidings to shunt the train back into the yard and release the class 37,

Meanwhile passenger traffic continues on the up mainline with the procession of DMUs and HSTs pass.....

 

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As the factory security guard keeps an eye on proceedings at the gate, the driver of the Class 08 prepares to shunt the tanker wagons around so the unloading can be completed,

37 251 rests on the head shunt and will be fired into life later on to return the tanker train for reloading.

 

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A new arrival on Ashburton grove is the impressive Class 50-(50 043),a welcome addition to the locomotive fleet.

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Back to business at Ashburton grove....the class 50 has settled in and can be seen working a MK1 set while the freight depot is busy on a daily basis....a few photos of recent operations....

 

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32 minutes ago, Warbonnet said:

Very nice Noel, must give you a look at the PCA wagons we did for Realtrack Models in N, they turned out lovely and the STS Grey and Rugby Cement would be perfect for your era... :) 

https://realtrackmodels.co.uk/index.php?route=product/category&path=73_89

Thanks Fran, ideal for the layout.....could do with some HAAs for behind my 56.....hint hint....😋

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On 12/6/2019 at 7:53 PM, hurricanemk1c said:

Always forget you have a N gauge layout Noel - great work!

Thanks K :tumbsup:

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Have to say that 50007 Sir Edward Elgar always looked fantastic in the GWR livery. Top stuff Noel.

Rich,

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On 12/10/2019 at 5:00 PM, RedRich said:

Have to say that 50007 Sir Edward Elgar always looked fantastic in the GWR livery. Top stuff Noel.

Rich,

It sure was Rich, I had the Lima OO gauge version a long time ago now....Many thanks :tumbsup:

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47 535 arrived earlier at the Ashburton grove MPD with the newly allocated BR inspection saloon.

 

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The inspection saloon gets a run behind 20 063...and visits the factory sidings for the first time while the 08 shunter moves some wagons around.

 

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The factory siding Class 08 shunter developed a fault earlier and was driven to the up siding to await fitters attention,

Meanwhile super shunter in the form of the class 20 has temporarily replaced the 08 at the factory sidings.

 

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When n gauge is done right it looks great and this layout is right. The scale of it looks impressive and it looks like a railway built for its environment as opposed to an environment built around the railway.

Rich,

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One of the longest passenger trains to operate on Ashburton grove was hauled with ease by 50 043,it was made up of a variety of coaches including two TPOs tagged on the back.

 

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And that is.......N GAUGE!!!???

WOW! Impressive if it was 00, but even more as N.

The class 50 is the bee's knees. I love the BR blue era.

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Super shunter 20 063 shunts some tank wagons at the factory sidings as a procession of trains pass on the main line-and later it retrieve's  the failed 08 from the up siding, it is then coupled the tanker train for attention at the MPD.

 

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On 4/1/2020 at 10:16 PM, ttc0169 said:

Super shunter 20 063 shunts some tank wagons at the factory sidings as a procession of trains pass on the main line-and later itimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200ebimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200ebimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200ebimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200ebimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200ebimageproxy.php?img=&key=1c31239905d200eb retrieve's  the failed 08 from the up siding, it is then coupled the tanker train for attention at the MPD.

 

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Very nice, the 20 looks bang-on ;)

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On 4/19/2020 at 5:47 PM, hexagon789 said:

Very nice, the 20 looks bang-on ;)

Thank you hexagon789, weathering done by TMC :tumbsup:

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Monday evening on Ashburton grove sees the 08 shunt wagons from the loop to the factory sidings having arrived behind the 37 earlier,

A southbound HST passes at speed the local DMU as it forms a Leeds - Doncaster service,

A 47 hauled express passes the shunting as it heads north to Inverness from Kings Cross.

 

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When both power cars of the Highland Chieftain HST got into difficulty near Ashburton grove, the crew were fortunate as class 50 -50 043  was on the loop beside the factory sidings so disruption was kept to a minimum,

Here we see the 50 come to the rescue of the HST.....

 

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I wouldn't have much of an interest in British Outline. But I have to admit, there's something about this layout that I really like. I definitely have a soft spot for that Class 20. 

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