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DALTON-LE-DALE

OO Gauge by Larry Hold
 

Dalton-Le-Dale is a layout with a mixture of facts and "modellers licence.  The village of Dalton-Le-Dale actually exists.  Sunderland is 7 miles to the North and Teeside is 20 miles to the South.  Further West of Dalton lies the once busy coastal colliery fields of County Durham. That was the factual side , now for the modellers licence. 

 

The layout depicts a line which ran through the dale (but didn't actually exist) creating a route from the mines to the west coast.  During the boom years of mining in the area, the ports at Sunderland, West Hartlepool and Teeside gradually began taking the majority of the coal traffic resulting in traffic to the coast reducing. The upshot of this was that the line was terminated at the village as it now serves only as a branch line for passenger/goods traffic to Seaham Harbour for connections with the coastal mainline to the North & South.

 

Pictures taken at The Welsh National Model Railway Exhibition, LLandudno. Presented by Colwyn Model Railway Club.

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