Musings we couldn’t fit into the issue elsewhere, but which seemed very important at the time…
Miscellaneous meanderings from the Model Rail team.
Much of this issue was written during late February/early March, as the ‘Beast from the East’ wreaked havoc in the High Peak, where I live. While it afforded the opportunity for some interesting prototype photography, the winter idyll soon took on a more sinister edge, with drifts well over 6ft deep blocking many of the local lanes and killing a number of my ovine neighbours. The railways suffered too, with a pair of Network Rail Class 37s drafted in to clear the drifts on the Buxton line, while two Colas ‘56s’ took care of the Peak Forest route; sets of Beilhack ‘ploughs being employed in both instances. Before the snow, a flying visit to Liverpool Lime Street revealed a Stobart Rail Mercedes Unimog, parked in one of the newly built platforms. Coupled amongst a rake of trailers, each loaded with rubble, it made for a striking counterpoint to the adjacent ‘Pendolino’. A fetching 1:76 scale version of a Stobart Unimog was produced not so long ago by Atlas Editions, making a re-creation of this scene possible in ‘OO’ gauge, although the trailers would have to be scratchbuilt.
Leaving a cloud of snow in their wake, a pair of East Midlands Trains ‘158s’ head towards Sheffield with a Liverpool-norwich service.
With a single HTA hopper in tow, 66171 heads to Peak Forest from Arpley wagon repair depot. Modelling hours: 6 Note to self: Insulate and reorganise my workshop over the summer, before the cold weather returns.
Wouldn’t it be fun to drive a road-rail Unimog through the tunnels from Lime Street to Edge Hill?