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entry 9 Jan 2012, 14:32
I thought as I had a bit of time up my sleeve whilst I await the hardware delivery I would show a little for the inspiration of the area being modelled. The area in North Derbyshire where my parents were born centres around the Bolsover - Langwith area, the latter at least being a reasonably important rail centre.

Of course the driving force for all of this was the coalfields to power the newly industrialised nation, not the least of which was its rail network. Just in the area bounded by Bolsover, Langwith and Shirebrook there were numerous pits, many of which were still in force when I first visited in 1981. Certainly Langwith Pit and Markham Colliery were both still producing with a couple of uncles still working underground at the time.

And all of this surrounded by the beautiful countryside that is still used for farming.

So with this all in mind my layout will start at Shirebrook/Langwith Junction with a little cut down version of the township,

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wind up to Whaley Thorns with another little low relief version of the village as well as the pit (with rail),

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wend its way across the farming village of Whaley,


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through the Bolsover railway Tunnel, past Oxcroft pit (with rail line) and Carr Vale Viaduct.

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Bolsover Castle should stand atop the hill coming through to Chesterfield Market Place Station.

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Mum and dad are filing in many of the blanks as I go. It will come down the modelling ability to see if it is in any way recognisable. If not it will at least be an interesting layout I hope...

Interestingly, although the LDECR had planned to go through from Chesterfield to Warrington it never went any further, therefore Market Place Station seems have been designed as an end of the line terminus. My intention is to run the mainline through across the Peak District in time so I shall have to modify the reality a little to ensure everything flows properly.

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post 16 Jan 2012, 06:46
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Just catching up with this blog this afternoon - all looking very promising!

Are you planning on using some of the scenes in those photos as set pieces (LDE's Iain Rice has taken to calling them - Layout Design Elements)? I know that's an approach I'm planning to use to anchor my layout as a North-Eastern England themed locale - there certainly is loads of character in the photos.

Keep up with the updates - they're great to read.

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Certainly some of these pics form key elements to the current area of layout under development. There are things like the Whaley 2-span viaduct and the Carr Vale Viaduct that are important memories for my parents. Likewise some of the town areas will have key accurate representations of speciifc buildings. Hopefully that will give at least a sense of the place for those that know it. For example, at least three or four pit heads will spread across the landscape as well as the Whaley village corner.

The trick is to pick some key spots, put them in without making it all look too cluttered, whilst at the same time having some coherence and accuracy to the rail lines that pass through. Also getting the topography with some semblence to the real thing whilst managing inclines is not simple. But I am happy so far with my conceptual layout.

Thanks for watching it grow.

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QUOTE (jukebox @ 16 Jan 2012, 14:46)
Just catching up with this blog this afternoon - all looking very promising!

Are you planning on using some of the scenes in those photos as set pieces (LDE's Iain Rice has taken to calling them - Layout Design Elements)? I know that's an approach I'm planning to use to anchor my layout as a North-Eastern England themed locale - there certainly is loads of character in the photos.

Keep up with the updates - they're great to read.

Jukebox

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