NORTH BAY RAIL­WAY

Model Rail (UK) - - Master Plan -

Scar­bor­ough’s North Bay Rail­way is one of Bri­tain’s most his­tor­i­cal sea­side rail­ways. De­signed by Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough En­gi­neer H.W. Smith, work started in early 1931, and the ⅞-mile line was com­pleted in time for that year’s sum­mer sea­son. Although planned as a 15in gauge rail­way, it was built at 20in gauge, us­ing 20lb rail. Two Hudswell Clarke 4‑6‑2DHS were de­liv­ered in 1931 and 1932, re­spec­tively. Although the line closed be­tween 1940 and 1945, it’s still op­er­at­ing to­day. It was ‘pri­va­tised’ in 2007, when Scar­bor­ough Bor­ough Coun­cil trans­ferred own­er­ship to a pri­vate com­pany. Above: Curv­ing left out of the ter­mi­nus, the route passes be­neath a huge chil­dren’s climb­ing frame, un­der the first of three foot­bridges and past a ‘cos­metic’ sig­nal box (as pho­tographed). Straight­en­ing out, it passes the boat­ing lake, with its his­tor­i­cal wa­ter chute and much-mod­ernised open air the­atre. There’s a 24-yard tun­nel about half­way along this sec­tion, be­fore it passes be­low the sec­ond foot­bridge, af­ter which the line heads right to­wards the coast. Here it runs parallel with North Bay Prom­e­nade/cleveland Way. Each square rep­re­sents 1 foot The ter­mi­nus for the 1.4km North Bay Rail­way is si­t­u­ated at the south­ern end of Peasholm Park, the largest of all three sta­tions com­pris­ing a re­turn loop for run­ning-round, lo­co­mo­tive shed and a num­ber of sid­ings, in­clud­ing one for coach­ing stock added at the end of the first sea­son. Left: Fi­nally we ar­rive at Scalby Mills, which orig­i­nally fea­tured a re­turn loop, par­tially lo­cated in a pre­formed con­crete sec­tion tun­nel which was re­moved in 1962. The sta­tion was re­built in 1977, and a turntable added. The bay plat­form, left, is no longer linked to the main line and is now used for a dis­play train.

The ac­com­pa­ny­ing track plan shows the en­tire route, though it’s an amal­ga­ma­tion of pe­ri­ods. I’ve re­duced veg­e­ta­tion in a num­ber of places - most no­tice­ably the green­ery ob­scur­ing the lo­co­mo­tive shed. Plat­forms at Beach sta­tion have been slightly over­lapped to re­duce over­all length and in­crease the dis­tance from Scalby Mills.

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