Colossus of coal
Family patriarch Duncan was a railwayman who even spent a short period working at Shirebrook but, as he explains, that wasn’t what prompted the 1:148 scale build.
“We lived in Rotherham, and my son Carl and I were searching for potential locations to model. Shirebrook wasn’t the first place we looked at, but when we got there we realised that it fitted our requirements almost perfectly.
“It offered interesting operation with a depot and station that were not so big that they would fill all our available space. We also wanted to run scale‑length trains, one of the many advantages offered by ‘N’ gauge.
“We decided to model a winter scene because that was the time of year we visited Shirebrook. It presented us with some scenic challenges, but it makes a refreshing change from the usual verdant summer layouts.”
You can read the full article in Model Rail 265 - Out Thursday September 5th!