Tweedsmuir Street was built way back in 2007 as an N gauge take on a project that wasn’t working out as planned in OO.
The simple, three track pointless, layout was a passenger version of Jack Trollope’s Shortover Yard.
I’ve previously used this design for a number of layouts in various scales but Tweedsmuir Street was probably my favourite.
For that reason it didn’t get scrapped but has lain derelict for a number of years, visited only by the garage spiders.
How many times has somebody said “It’s changed, you’d hardly recognise the place now.” when you mention visiting an old haunt? In the case of Tweedsmuir Street LRT Terminus it certainly has changed, it’s not even the same scale any more! The railcar is approximately 1:120 (TT).
As is so often the case with derelict city centre railway stations the land is worth more than the transport facility and a faceless concrete monolith of a superstore now occupies the site of platform one, along with the ground floor of the Station Hotel.
However, the city authorities retained part of the land for a light rapid transit terminus. Platform two is back in use but the bay, platform three, has been filled in and landscaped to prevent it becoming a dumping ground for supermarket trolleys.
Finances didn’t run to electrification so the new line is operated by lightweight continental style diesel tram-trains built by Alstom.
I’m waiting for the glue to dry before patching up a few gaps in the scenery. The train , a die-cast model by Siku, will be powered by fishing line.
These vehicles are all too old to be used on the layout but I’ve posed them in the photos for special reasons. The Foden, like the layout, was built in Sandbach. There used to be a derelict Commer dumped in a field near home when I was a young boy and the Scammell was, of course, a railway favourite.