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Waterloo Street is an exhibition layout inspired by the real-life Waterloo Goods branch in Aberdeen. Originally opened by the Great North of Scotland Railway in 1856, the branch is still in use and has recently been upgraded. Where once you saw little Manning Wardle tank engines steaming around the docks, Class 66s now deliver block trains of calcium carbonate slurry.
Designed originally for the Scalefour Society’s 18.83 Challenge, which explains the unusually shaped baseboards in order to fit into the required 18.83 sq. ft footprint, Waterloo Street was entered for the Society’s Diesel and Electric layout Challenge of 2008. It represents what traffic might have been like on the Waterloo branch from the 1950s to the present day. Operations attempt to show the changing freight traffic on the branch, from serving the busy quayside, gasworks and factories in the ‘50s and ‘60s, to being a tube storage yard in the ‘70s and ‘80s, and to handling the bulk traffic of today.
All the track is hand-built using ply sleepers on top of a Templot trackplan. Look out for the prototypical semi-interlaced turnouts. The strange bulge in the run-round loop was to accommodate the signal box when the track plan was remodelled. The signal box was then demolished. The buildings in the backscene represent the changing fortunes of the area – a mixture of semi-derelict Victorian mills and more modern industrial units. The former Bannermill Street is now almost completely lost in the weeds, Banner Mill itself having long closed down.
Presented by James Dickie.
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