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BROOKSIDE

NGauge By Steve Searson

 

The Sheffield - Woodhead - Manchester route, electrified using the 1500 volt D.C. overhead system in the period between 1960 and 1970, is the theme for Brookside. The original line closed in 1981 sadly putting an end to 140 years of operation along this route.

The stock used upon this layout is either scratch built, kits or ready to run. Class 76 locomotives were required in quantity so these were cast in resin from a rubber mould, the master of which was scratch built in plastic and a M.T.K. (now B.H.E.) coach roof.

Most of the buildings are also scratch built in plastic with the station based upon "Broadbottem" in Manchester and named after a traction change over point near "Godley Junction" also in greater Manchester. The layout has been on the go since 1978 being designed and built (as "Parkwood Springs" originally) to portray the Woodhead route at a time when few N gauge layouts were based on a particular route or location. For a small layout which is operated single handed there is a fair amount of automation which also includes the signals, these operate via track trips and relays - no magnets or reed switches involved here. (Steve Searson)

 

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