Ac­cess all ar­eas

In­spi­ra­tion and in­sight are vi­tal in­gre­di­ents when plan­ning a lay­out. Richard Foster brings you this ex­clu­sive look at a work­ing de­pot to help you en­hance your modelling.

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Ex­clu­sive, be­hind-the-scenes ac­cess to Wem­b­ley Train care de­pot.

It’s all very well modelling what you see, but some­times, you need to know how things work to re­ally get the most from a project. Last is­sue, Paul A. Lunn of­fered some lay­out ideas based on the Cale­do­nian Sleeper op­er­a­tions at Wem­b­ley de­pot. They of­fered food for thought for those wish­ing to model one of the most in­ter­est­ing train op­er­a­tions on to­day’s rail­way. As good and thought-pro­vok­ing as those track­plans were, they only re­veal what a po­ten­tial lay­out might look like. They don’t show you how the lay­out might work. Bridges and em­bank­ments can give you a bit of van­tage point from which to ob­serve the work­ings of the mod­ern rail­way. But much of it still re­mains a mys­tery. You’ll also miss lots of smaller de­tails, signs and what-not. This proves that there’s noth­ing like get­ting on site and pok­ing around to get a fuller pic­ture of what you’re plan­ning to model. What fol­lows is as close to a guided tour of Al­stom’s Wem­b­ley Train­care Cen­tre as it’s pos­si­ble to get. Not only will you be able to see all those de­tails that you’d miss from the win­dow of a speed­ing ‘Pen­dolino’, but we can re­veal how the Cale­do­nian Sleeper stock moves around the de­pot for ser­vic­ing too. We cov­ered the Cale­do­nian Sleeper’s fas­ci­nat­ing op­er­a­tions in depth last is­sue, but it’s worth re­peat­ing some of the key points. There are two north­bound week­day de­par­tures per night. The ‘High­lander’ leaves Eus­ton at 2000 for Ed­in­burgh. There it splits into three por­tions to serve three des­ti­na­tions (with key stops en route): Fort Wil­liam, In­ver­ness and Aberdeen. The mid-week ‘Low­lan­der’ de­parts Eus­ton at 2200. This train di­vides at Carstairs Junc­tion; one por­tion goes to Glas­gow (via Mother­well) and the other goes to Ed­in­burgh. South­bound de­par­tures work in re­verse. Al­stom’s Wem­b­ley de­pot is the nerve cen­tre at the Lon­don end and has to ser­vice two sets of sleeper stock per day. Ser­vic­ing sets in Scot­land takes place at Glas­gow Pol­madie, In­ver­ness and Aberdeen Clay­hills de­pots, and at Fort Wil­liam sta­tion. The ‘Sleeper’ is a sep­a­rate fran­chise op­er­ated by Serco. Trac­tion is pro­vided by GBRF and we’ve also waxed lyri­cal about the fas­ci­nat­ing mix of lo­co­mo­tives used to move Bri­tain’s long pas­sen­ger train every night. So, with­out fur­ther ado, en­joy your Ac­cess All Ar­eas pass to Wem­b­ley Train­care…

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