Backscene

Mus­ings we couldn’t fit into the is­sue else­where, but which seemed very im­por­tant at the time…

Model Rail (UK) - - Contents - Ge­orge Dent, Deputy Editor

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.

GE­ORGE DENT

Leav­ing a cloud of snow in their wake, a pair of East Mid­lands Trains ‘158s’ head to­wards Sh­effield with a Liver­pool-nor­wich ser­vice.

BOTH: GE­ORGE DENT

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?

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