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entry 31 Dec 2011, 08:26
After 30+ years of discarding my first model railway I have had the urge to return and see what can be done with modern equipment, wider experience and better finances. I started in the arena back in the 1970s with mainly Hornby gear on a flat piece of chipboard and a few pieces of Lima scenery. As is the want with teenagers this was discarded for other pursuits and became but a memory.

Recently I had the idea of scenic modelling the area in which my parents, their parents and forebears grew up - North Derbyshire. I was not even considering model rail until it occurred to me that the rail was the lifeblood of much of the area, helping to drive the coalfields and other pursuits to prosperity. Indeed, my mother's and father's hometowns and still the area where many of their brother's and sisters live is within one or two kilometres of Langwith Junction, a key part of the Derbyshire rail story.

And so, the North Derbyshire Rail Co. formed in my mind, an approximation of the key aspects of the ill-fated Lancashire, Derbyshire and East Coast Railway that was intended to run from Sutton-On-Sea on the East coast to Warrington in the West. Traversing the majesty of the Peak District as well as the key settlements to which I so closely relate.

I have decided to commence with the Chesterfield to Shirebrook section, encompassing Bolsover, Whaley, Langwith Junction, Whaley Thorns as well as Shirebrook and Chesterfield. My aim, should finance and enthusiasm persist, is to add on a Shirebrook-Lincoln leg and a Chesterfield-Peak District leg. This will provide a mainline from Lincoln to Warrington (or at least Macclesfield) as well as a couple of branches to coalfields. The era is aimed loosely between the 1940s and 1950s (my parents childhood), but I suspect by simply changing locos and vehicles this layout would work across a broader range of time, maybe 1920s - 1960s...

I am working in N Scale primarily to allow greater depth and scale on the scenic side of things and will be using DCC for power and control.

Given I return with little knowledge it should be a steep curve where no doubt mistakes will be made. However, hopefully there will be something worthwhile to show as the months pass by.

 
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