Lake­side branch

Paul A. Lunn re­turns to the Lakes with another branch­line full of mod­el­ling po­ten­tial.

Model Rail (UK) - - CONTENTS - Art­work: Paul A. Lunn

It could have been some­thing very spe­cial. As BR with­drew its last steam lo­co­mo­tives in the sum­mer of 1968, the Lake­side Rail­way So­ci­ety, led by charis­matic Lan­caster doc­tor Peter Beet, was try­ing to buy as many as pos­si­ble. The LRS had a grand scheme – to en­sure that steam would con­tinue to bring tourists to Lake Win­der­mere. BR only wanted to re­tain one branch line to feed Win­der­mere. It kept the EX-LNWR branch open, clos­ing the former Fur­ness Rail­way branch on the other side of the wa­ter. The LRS wanted to op­er­ate the Lake­side- Ulver­ston branch, us­ing a fleet of ‘Black Fives’ and oth­ers, based at Carn­forth shed. Sadly, it was not to be for a new by-pass oblit­er­ated most of the trackbed. Nev­er­the­less, both schemes con­tin­ued, al­beit in­di­vid­u­ally. Carn­forth would be­come a steam cen­tre, pro­vid­ing a home for the likes of Fly­ing Scots­man and Sir Nigel Gres­ley. It’s now the head­quar­ters of West Coast Rail­way Com­pany. The Lake­side & Haver­th­waite Rail­way suc­cess­fully pre­served the sur­viv­ing 3½ miles of rail­way but its short­ness shouldn’t de­tract from the out­stand­ing scenery of the Lake District. Treat your­self to a visit and be in­spired!

High-fi­delity op­tion

This 16ft by 10ft ‘OO’ gauge ‘U’-shaped lay­out is set firmly in late Lms/early BR days. It repli­cates the pro­to­type track plan as near as pos­si­ble within the con­fin­ing space and in­cludes some dra­matic fea­tures, such as the quay­side, or­nate over­all roof and wa­ter­side of­fices. An ‘N’ gauge ver­sion would mean a mas­sive re­duc­tion in over­all length to 8ft and a mi­nor re­duc­tion in width to 8ft 3in, but re­tain­ing the op­er­at­ing wells as per the ‘OO’ gauge lay­out.

FACT­FILE: THE LAKE­SIDE BRANCH

Opened: June 1 1869, built by the Fur­ness Rail­way. Past op­er­a­tors: LMS, Lon­don Mid­land Re­gion. Cur­rent op­er­a­tor: Lake­side & Haver­th­waite Rail­way. Route: Plump­ton Junc­tion-lake­side. In­ter­me­di­ate sta­tions: Green­odd, Haver­th­waite. Closed: Septem­ber 2 1967; Lake­side to Haver­th­waite re­opened on May 2 1973.

Preser­va­tion era

This 16ft by 10ft 6in ‘OO’ gauge lay­out is set in the preser­va­tion era. It in­cludes all the dra­matic fea­tures, in­clud­ing a quay­side ter­mi­nus, a river­side run and rock face tun­nels at ei­ther end of the Haver­th­waite sec­tion and dis­tant hills. I’ve pro­vided non-scenic sid­ings for ad­di­tional stock in two lo­ca­tions, one suit­able for use with a Peco Loco Lift. For ad­di­tional op­er­at­ing in­ter­est, I’ve pro­vided a pass­ing loop be­tween A and B so that trains can pass. Sim­i­larly, at Lake­side, I’ve rein­tro­duced Plat­form 2 so that two trains can be in the sta­tion at the same time, with de­par­ture lo­co­mo­tives wait­ing in head­shunt C be­fore back­ing on to an await­ing train.

Beauty and drama

A rocky cliff face cov­ered in veg­e­ta­tion pro­vides an ideal dra­matic back­drop to what can only be de­scribed as a beau­ti­fully pic­turesque sta­tion at Green­odd. There’s much de­tail to be repli­cated here, though none more cap­ti­vat­ing than an out­ward-fac­ing plat­form seat pro­vid­ing a grand view across the Leven es­tu­ary. Note the dis­tant plate girder bridge, trader’s ware­house beyond a mod­er­ately busy goods yard, and the op­ti­cal il­lu­sion of the plat­form wait­ing room and sig­nal box be­hind, merg­ing into one.

LAKE­SIDE BOATS

Win­der­mere Lake Cruises op­er­ates three of the four former BR ves­sels: MV Swan, MV Teal and MV Tern. The old­est is Tern, a steamer built in Es­sex in 1891 and re­built with diesel en­gines in the 1950s. MV Swift was scrapped in the 1990s.

W.S. GARTH/RAIL ARCHIVE STEPHENSON

Above: It’s the end of a branch line, but Lake­side on June 14 1953 has all the hus­tle and bus­tle of a main line ter­mi­nus. The plat­form roads are jammed with coaches as a Stanier 2-6-4T pre­pares for de­par­ture. Mean­while, a ‘Black Five’ is ser­viced ready for its next duty.

PETER SAL­MON

This end of Lake­side sta­tion, how­ever, re­tains much of its char­ac­ter. The sig­nal box and sig­nal are re­tained from BR days, although the lat­ter now only sports two arms. LAY­OUT FACT­FILE • ‘OO’ gauge • 16ft by 10ft 6in

PETER SAL­MON

Left: Haver­th­waite sta­tion, look­ing to­wards Ulver­ston. Road im­prove­ments oblit­er­ated a good pro­por­tion of the branch and Carn­forth never got to ser­vice lo­co­mo­tives for a steam-hauled ser­vice. In­stead, the former 10A be­came Steam­town Rail­way Cen­tre, while the sur­viv­ing Haver­th­waite to Lake­side branch would even­tu­ally re­open – as the Lake­side & Haver­th­waite Rail­way – in 1973. LAY­OUT FACT­FILE • ‘N’ gauge • 15ft by 8in

PETER SAL­MON PETER SAL­MON PETER SAL­MON

Above: The deep rock cut­ting at Haver­th­waite pro­vides the ideal scenic break. The LHR is home to the only two sur­viv­ing LMS Fair­burn 2-6-4Ts, Nos. 42073 and 42085. Left: Un­able to use Carn­forth shed as a ser­vic­ing fa­cil­ity, the LHR has had to build its own work­shops and stor­age sheds at Haver­th­waite sta­tion. Hun­slet ‘Aus­ter­ity’ 0-6-0ST ‘Repulse’, com­plete with Giesl ejec­tor, rests out­side the shed. Above: Step off the train at Lake­side and, within a few yards, you’re stand­ing at the south­ern end of Win­der­mere, look­ing north to­wards the glo­ri­ous Lake District.

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