Please Note: Wards End is undergoing a major rebuild
and is not at present available for
exhibition. The new Wards End will be a straight layout.
Here is a new Wards End album of pictures taken at our 2009
exhibition. Again, conditions were difficult with the layout having its back to
large south facing windows, this year with no curtains. This forced me to take
most of the shots from similar angles and I apologise for that. The camera was a
hand-held Canon PowerShot A650 IS, at minimum aperture (f8). Some of the
exposures were as long as 1/8s and the quality of the pictures is a tribute to
the Canon image stabilisation system. All the pictures are straight from the
camera, without so much as even cropping in Photoshop.
The passenger platform end and goods yard at Wards End. The green loco in
background is an Avonside 0-6-0ST belonging to the colliery and has just brought
three loaded coal wagons into the coal exchange sidings.
Another shot of the same scene from a different angle. Note the individually
cobbles (setts) between the tracks and the contrast between the ballast in the
and on the main running lines.
A G5 0-4-4T ready to depart from Wards End. There are more passenger trains
the layout than this sequence of pictures would suggest.
An ex-NER N10 0-6-2T arrives in the platform road with a mixed goods.
Another shot of the same scene. At the far end of the mixed goods are coal
empties which will be shunted into the coal exchange sidings to be taken away
a colliery-owned engine.
A pair of Manning Wardle 0-6-0STs bring loaded wagons from the colliery into
coal sidings. They will later take the empties alongside back to the colliery.
Another shot of the same scene.
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