The place is real, but the layout is fictitious, and includes elements of those works as they were in the period. This is a phrase we are used to hearing on ‘semi-freelance’ layouts where the owner wants to model a real location without being tied down to details. This is what has happened for George Murray, who first featured in Model Rail in 2009 with his ‘OO’ layout ‘Burnfoot’. A decade later, his new depiction, loosely based on the old Blue Circle cement works at Uddingston, near Glasgow, is complete.
“The most significant fabrication is the addition of three loading pipes going straight from the factory to above the boat. These aren’t accurate to the prototype, as it is landlocked, but add viewer interest, making it more believable that the barge is at the beginning of a journey along the River Clyde.”
I’ve been modelling for about 65 years now and this layout is one of nostalgia from growing up in the area,” explains George. “I remember it was one of the first places you passed leaving Glasgow as you headed south towards Carlisle.”
‘Dalmarnock Wharf’ is a 5ft by 16in ‘OO’ gauge layout that took two years to build and is operated with DCC control from George’s Lenz controller. The wharf is set out as a terminus for the cement works, with a main line single track entry point at the left-hand side, leading to several tracks for the various discharge/loading activities, such as sand, gravel, cement, timber, coal and other by-products of the company. The single entry point is designed to make an ‘add-on’ fiddleyard possible, enabling various trains to be made up. George’s locomotives include an Ivatt 2‑6‑0 and a Churchward 2‑6‑2T, some of which have been fitted with sound.
You can read the full article in Model Rail 261 - Out Thursday May 9th!