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Clive Baker

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    Burton upon Trent
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    Historic public transport, Photography and video, illustration.

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  1. Nice work, I used to live in Barton under Needwood and went fishing along the Dove, I saw the remnants of old track beds and wondered what the railway might have looked like.

    1. DonB


      If you get back to the area, the station area at Rolleston has been cleared and greatly tidied -up by Clive and a group of local volunteers. The platforms and goods yard are well defined. The group have used flowering plants to help too.  There is a public footpath (bridleway ?) passing though the site. Clive's Models are well worth a look if you can get to a show where they appear.

  2. Rolleston-on-Dove and sister layout Coton-on-Dove are still being exhibited during this year as well as the latest layout Little Burton which should be making its debut this coming autumn.


    Look out for Rolleston-on-Dove at the Bloxwich exhibition – 11th May, Claymills Pumping Station – 20/21st July and at Redditch 21st/22nd September.


    Coton-on-Dove will be shown at the Severn Valley Railway Open House Event – 6/7th April, Small Layout Showcase at Armitage – 8th June and at the Great Central Railway Model Event – 14/15/16th June.


    website: www.rolleston-on-dove-station.co.uk   email: [email protected]

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  3. Thank you Andy and your excellent team of assistants for organising another "Great Weston" Model Railway exhibition. I feel privileged to have taken part in 3 of the 6 shows that have supported Weston on Trent Primary School primary school and was totally surprised, yet delighted to be awarded Best in Show yesterday for Coton-on-Dove – Thank you, the trophy will take pride of place, I was lost for words yesterday afternoon. I have witnessed the exhibition growing, not just in size – number and quality of layouts together with well selected trade support over the previous six years and hope that you Andy will continue as an exhibition manager at your new location. All the best for the future. Clive
  4. Hello Andy Please can you email me on [email protected] so that I can send details for Coton-on-Dove for the forthcoming Weston-on-Trent show. Many thanks Clive
  5. Thanks Andy, but I will stick to Coton as I have already put the details out on various social media sites so wouldn't want to confuse the public.
  6. Good news to hear you are up and running this coming November, I look forward to bringing Coton-on-Dove for its second outing to a show that has become established and respected. Would you like me to give the show a plug on the Rolleston-on-Dove Station website? Kind regards Clive
  7. Look forward to seeing you. On road parking is available in South Hill, a cul de sac just past station entrance on left if approaching from A 38. Refreshments can be purchased at Jinny Inn, further along the road on the right hand side.
  8. Starting with the model railway, Rolleston-on-Dove, this developed into a community project to uncover and restore the remains of the actual station site. The platforms have been restored and a footprint of the booking hall has been recently completed. At the end of the goods yard the buffer stop to the cattle/carriage dock siding has been restored. All features are described in detail on illustrated panels strategically positioned around the heritage site. The layout itself has recently appeared at the Open House Weekend at the Severn Valley Railway, The Craven Arms and District MRC's exhibition at Ludlow Racecourse and the EM Gauge Society's Autumn Expo at Partington, Manchester where North Staffordshire Railway "B class" tank locomotive was awarded "Best Scratch-built Locomotive" in the show ; receiving some favourable comments, possible future exhibition bookings were discussed. The newly installed and modified LED illumination proved to be successful as well as an improved traverser at the Marston end, no more cassette fiddle yards. The backcloth, a printed vinyl banner, enhances the foreground with only one join, its flexible nature allows more space in transit by hatchback. It may be an eleven year old layout, but with future exhibition bookings, one cannot stand still. Continuing to turn-back the clock to LMS days, a new Johnson 0-4-4 tank has been completed. Its body by Craftsman kits, found in an oddments box on the member's stall at an exhibition, Clive took up the challenge to restore dignity to this passenger tank, its prototype no 1240 appearing in a photograph, taken at Burton upon Trent in pre-war days, in a book by Basil Jeuda. With frames supplied by Alan Gibson and a Mashima motor with Branchlines gearbox another Tutbury Jinny locomotive is traveling through Rolleston-on-Dove at exhibitions. Illumination of the signal cabin and booking hall proved to be not so successful, I need to add more LED's and learn more about their usage. Illumination by LED has also been added to buildings that make up the sister layout, Coton-on-Dove with a little more success. www.rolleston-on-dove-station.co.uk Mobile: 07773 987 407 The Rolleston-on-Dove Station Heritage Group attended Rolleston Gala on Monday 27th August with a display of artefacts, documents and photographs. Clive will be presenting talks about the Rolleston-on-Dove project to a number of local and not so local organisations during the next few months – including William Shrewsbury Primary School, Tutbury History Group and Haywood's Permanent Way. Our display promoting the project will be present at Burton Railex to be held at the National Brewing Centre in Burton upon Trent, Sunday 4th November, when members of the team will be in attendance. Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Rolleston-on-Dove-Railway-Station/393619157480649 Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-voSJFYG-w&t=47s Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xR-J4u_Zuk&t=201s
  9. Hello Simon I found a suitable prototype no 3147, correct spectacle plate and 4' 11" driving wheels, unfortunately scrapped in 1929. Picture attached.
  10. Thank you Simon, Once I am certain that no small wheeled versions with that cab configuration existed, I will be investing in some 21mm driving wheels and will post a picture of the converted loco on one of its home layouts.
  11. I have recently purchased a professionally built Alan Gibson 2F. Built for its previous owner some years ago to 00 gauge standards, I am converting the model to suit EM gauge. Although the original box label indicates that the kit included wheels (presumably Gibson products) , the model has been fitted with Romford driving wheels scaled to 4' 11" diameter. I note that the cab spectacles on your model are the usual four, two rectangular and two oval, whereas my model is fitted with the very rare two circular spectacles which I believe are only associated with a handful of locomotives with 5' 3" driving wheels. I would be grateful to know if the manufacturer offered an option for these cab details as I am aware that there was a choice of round top or Belpaire fire boxes. Thank you for a very informative and helpful article. Clive Baker.
  12. Great result Andy, lovely friendly show, excellent trade with plenty of rummage boxes containing useful layout sundries. "Up the line" a real star turn. If you ever have problems with cancellations in future years, I'm not far away. All the best Clive Baker
  13. Rolleston-on-Dove railway station, situated on the Burton Branch of the North Staffordshire Railway network, was opened in 1894 and closed in 1949. The line itself ceased in 1968, the station left to decay. Clive Baker completed a working model of the station in 4mm scale, EM gauge in 2007; exhibiting it at village events, he realised that members of the community were unaware of the existence of a railway on their doorstep. The trackbed had become a nature trail so he arranged to install signage explaining the station heritage to visitors. This was followed by the renovation of the remains of the site. Having won 3 awards in 2015 the station site is now well worth a visit. The station heritage site is part of the Jinny Nature Trail so it is always open to the public. It can be found on Station Road, Rolleston, Burton upon Trent, DE13 9AD, opposite the cricket ground. Members of the station team are always happy to personally show visitors around this historic railway location. To learn more about the model and its prototype please visit the website: www.rolleston-on-dove-station.co.uk Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-voSJFYG-w Youtube: www.youtube.com/watch?v=9xR-J4u_Zuk&t=1s# Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Rolleston-on-Dove-Railway-Station/393619157480649 Next exhibition: Stafford, February 2020.
  14. Hello Whilst exhibiting my layout "Coton-on-Dove" at the 2011 Wirksworth exhibition, I was asked by one of your members if I would show the layout at the Belper 2013 exhibition. I would be grateful if you could let me know if the invitation is still extended so that I can plan the forthcoming year. Regards Clive Baker
  15. Lovely friendly show, congratulations Andy and your helpers and fellow exhibitors. It gave me a chance to operate trains on a layout that's too long for my garage. Regards Clive Baker, Rolleston-on-Dove
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