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Whiteadder Junction

EM gauge layout of the Skipton Group EMGS

34ft x 2ft 6in (10.37m x 0.72m) plus operating space, see Whiteadder Plan.

Type of Layout: 
Standard gauge
country junction of two secondary lines, one ex-NE, the other ex-NB, set in Scottish border country, 1930s.

Number of Operators: 

Transport Requirements/Expenses: 
Trailer hire. Fuel for 1 large MPV. B&B accommodation if more than 50 miles (1˝ hours) from Skipton. (For very distant venues B&B accommodation for night after exhibition).

Next Appearances:
Wakefield 2012.

Past Appearances:
Skipton 2004; ExpoEM North 2004; ExpoEM 2005: Skipton, 2005; Festival of British Railway Modelling (Harrogate) 2006; Keighley, 2006; Derby, 2006; Wigan 2006; Kendal 2007; Skipton, 2007; Grantham, 2007; Preston, 2007; Middlesbrough 2008; Chatham, 2008; Blackburn, 2008; Derby, 2009; Pickering, 2009, Skipron 2011, Wakefield 2012.

Trevor Shaw
24 Nursery Lane

LS29 0TN
Tel: 01943 831935


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Layout Description

We imagine that late in the 19th century the North Eastern Railway built a cut-off route from Tweedmouth to Haddington, which would have given them direct access to Edinburgh without having to use the whole of the North British Railway's east coast route. Some years later, the North British built a single track route from Coldstream to Reston on its own east coast line. This had to cross the North Eastern’s cut-off route near the small village of Allanton on the Whiteadder Water.

Because of the lie of the land, the NB line had to cross the existing line on the level by joining the NE in a trailing junction from the south, then running for a matter of yards along NE metals before branching off northwards to Reston. Whiteadder station, with its small goods yard, containing little more than a loading bank and coal drop/lime cell, was a few yards to the east of the junction and not accessible to the NBR’s trains.

Our layout is set in 1937, at a time when pre-grouping rivalry between the NER and the NBR still meant a lot. The NER signalman often kept NBR trains waiting for long periods. There is also a goods loop to the east of Whiteadder station where North Eastern goods trains were stopped to allow passenger trains to pass.

The baseboards are open plan and show the characteristic scenery of the Scottish Borders with the Lammermuir Hills in the background.

Buildings are scratch-built mainly from card or plasticard and are based on those at Norham, which has been ‘almost’ preserved in private ownership. It was surveyed and photographed in 2003 for the purposes of this layout. Scenery is plaster laid directly onto fly-screen mesh and then covered with various types of proprietary ground cover. The bridges are scratch-built, being based on prototypes in the Border area. Trackwork is C&L with hand-built points.

Operation is by two controllers (Up and Down) and two panels - one for the signalman and one for the driver. The points are operated by Tortoise point motors. Two additional operators take care of the fiddle yards, which use cassettes.

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