The hazards of a bank holiday Monday at the seaside

Having put the finishing touches to the scenery on Muston Sands I placed the layout to dry outside in the sun then turned my attention to Castle Hill.

With the quarry tramway’s track well and truly buried in the mud I took that outside to dry, which was when I spotted some freshly applied “weathering” on Muston Sands, a bird turd on the track!

Just like walking along the seafront at Filey!

On the subject of Castle Hill Quarry, I’ve decided to use (fishing line powered) locomotive haulage, the theory being that the quarry stayed in business until the 1960s. After the Great War the original hand worked tramway was rebuilt to 18 inch gauge using ex WD equipment and extended down Hilltop Road, across North Road, to a transshipment point on Cemetery Road. The military surplus steam loco was scrapped in 1947 and a small diesel loco was acquired to work the line. The fairly steep gradient where the line followed Hilltop Road was not an issue because the loads of stone were travelling downhill and uphill traffic was confined to fuel oil and stores for the quarry.

I’ve not used fishing line power on a tuning fork layout before but running the line as close as possible to the turnout blade’s pivot (inset) and attaching it to the rear of the loco means that the train can travel far enough onto either siding to drop or pick up a wagon as required.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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