South Pelaw Junction and Stella Gill at Railex NE (15/08/2018)

At around 40′ long and on a curve, it is difficult to get a shot of whole scenic section. This view, taken from the Washington end of the layout shows about half of the scenic section. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston

The EM Gauge layout of South Pelaw Junction and Stella Gill made it’s first public appearance at the Railex NE 2018 exhibition in North Shields over the weekend of 28 & 29 July.  I was lucky enough to be invited along as an operator, my first time, for the show.

The layout performed very well for it’s first show with many people coming to the show specifically to see the layout.  We had lots of very positive comments from viewers who knew the area well or had actually worked on the line over the years.  Viewers were particularly impressed with the correct signalling and the banking of the trains up the hill to Consett.

The layout also won two awards, ‘Best Layout’ and ‘Most Entertaining Layout’.

I’d like to express my thanks to Martin, Richard, Richard, Mark, Joe, Pete and Phil for inviting me in to the group and we are looking forward to the layout’s next outing at the Newcastle show on 10 & 11 November.

A train of empty steel wagons waits for the signal to head up the bank to Consett. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston

Having got the signal to proceed, the train makes it’s way across the junction to join the mail line to Consett. On the other track is a 9F returning from banking an iron ore train to South Medomsley. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston.

Now the steel train passes under Pelton Lane road bridge. The tracks in the foreground lead to South Pelaw Colliery. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston.

A coal train passes through Stell Gill past Stella Gill Flatts Signal Box. The large NCB building in the background and the bridge still exist today albeit the ‘valley’ that the tracks sit in has been filled in and the bridge is now at ground level. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston

An iron ore train waits for it’s banker to assist with the push up the hill to Consett. The banker will come off the train at South Medomsley and return to South Pelaw. The incoming and outgoing lines at Stella Gill are busy with an assortment of trains. Photo copyright Phil Dovaston.


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