Having decided that the recently purchased standard gauge coach is not to be grounded as holiday accommodation at Muston Sands I’ve been considering other options to replace the fir tree in the right hand rear corner of the layout. Some form of view block is required here because the horizon on the painted backscene does not continue around the corner onto the end boards.
One solution would be to slew the wriggly tin hut round by 90 degrees but it’s well bedded in and I doubt it could be moved without incurring some damage, so something else needs to be placed between it and the backscene.
Fellow micro layout modeller Dave Carson suggested using the coach intact as a camping coach sitting on standard gauge rails, but Muston is too far from the main line to explain the presence of the siding. However, Dave’s siding suggestion gave rise to another idea. When originally built as an On18 layout Muston had a siding running through the goods shed, not connected at the station end but suggesting that there was more beyond the limits of the layout. There’s no reason why the station could not have another siding to the south of the modelled area, just entering the scene in the rear right of the layout as per the plan below.
The new siding could then have a wagon parked on it to hide the point where sea, sky and land meet in the corner.
This evening’s Filey (S) to Speeton Jcn service ran mixed as far as Muston Sands.
On arrival at Muston the loco and an empty hopper wagon were detached from the train.
The hopper was set out on the siding for C&W attention to repair the damaged woodwork.
After recoupling to the train, and awaiting a few last minute stragglers dashing up the footpath from the beach, number 6 continued to Speeton.
CRM stands for Coastal Rail Maintenance, a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Seaside Line responsible civil engineering work, while this style of box hopper is reminiscent of standard gauge wagons used by collieries in the County Durham area.
The wagon’s “CRM” lettering actually dates back to when Cheshire Railway Modellers reached 250 members several years ago. A few of us built or repainted wagons to mark the occasion, this particular example was made by Andrew Milner who gave it to me when he decided to take up modelling road vehicles instead of trains. At the time of posting the alterations to the scenery are still work in progress. The new siding has been set in air drying clay which will be blended into the surrounding scenery once it has hardened.