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  1. Currently the wires will stop at Market Harborough station. You'd hope that in the future that won't be the end of it. The feeder station is a little way south of there and is designed to supply the line towards Leicester in due course. When/ if that happens is another matter. I'm not sure that there's a cable feeder though. The last I heard it was a decision about either putting a cable in or using OLE, and OLE was the decision. It might have changed since then of course.
  2. The single, unidirectional line past the loco yard is fine with me. Maybe not that common, but I always think of East Ham depot which is between the running lines, so such a thing could have existed elsewhere too.
  3. Tank engines being turned en-route isn't necessarily unrealistic. Anything running round the Kingston or Hounslow loops from Waterloo would be turned. In Scotland there's the Fife and Cathcart circles which immediately come to mind. I don't know how things were actually operated, but the Oldham line would have allowed for something similar from Manchester Victoria, as would the pre-LUL routes from Liverpool Street to Woodford via Leyton and Hainault. No doubt there's plenty of other examples out there.
  4. As the shed is a scenic area I'd try to make the area by it a bit more scenic - a station with a loop or something like that. I like the general idea (oddly enough), and I'm not a believer in a typical FY. If the storage sidings were formatted as a station where trains would wait, change locos, or even have bay platform(s) so that the track engine scenario is avoided by having trains terminate. Fitting it all in would probably be a big challenge, but some cut down thing with the basic functionality of Exeter Central (sorry, the north of England is a mystery to me, but I'm sure such
  5. That kind of thing is pretty common on tube lines. The jubilee turns trains back at North Greenwich and Willesden Green, The District at West Ham, Barking and Dagenham East, and so on. I'm not sure where they finish, but not every train on the Piccadilly goes to Cockfosters (Arnos Grove?)...
  6. The 36" is a nominal diameter, they'd probably have been bigger brand new and smaller when fully worn, and top speed would vary with that.
  7. How quickly would that happen? Would there be any period at all where the decommissioned equipment was still in situ whilst trains ran on the remaining lines? It only needs to be a couple of days to justify (in model terms) having any signal poles standing, even if the arms have gone/ the lights have been bagged over.
  8. Once the signalbox fell down/ was burnt down/ whatever terrible fate it suffered, a regular open air ground frame would probably have been provided; probably on the viewing side so as to be near both the crossover and the siding. I doubt it would operate any ground signals as it looks like a one engine in steam type location, but there might be the wreckage of some from happier times.
  9. Not that it matters what I think, but for me the most plausible scenario if the line beyond is rarely used is the gates are hand operated and the box is downgraded to a ground frame (unlocked by the train staff), at least until such time as it falls down.
  10. I doubt it would have any active signalling. In terms of derelict equipment you'd need to put design how is was before the truncation, and signal that. Then whatever is on scene from that can be modelled derelict.
  11. Bishops Waltham, Fawley, Bordon and Lymington Pier would beg to differ...
  12. It is somewhat conventional, but that's no bad thing, it represents a lot of reality, and there are an awful lot of modellers who are very satisfied with such a thing. I'd try to inject a bit of different character because when I see a tide I always try to swim against it. Maybe a Sidmouth style run round where the connection is "backwards", or a siding accessed via a diamond across the main line.
  13. The less than successful R101 (according to Wikipedia at least) had a "disposable lift" capacity of 62 tons, but the crew accommodation etc had to come out of that, so one carriage would be about all it could have taken... But then in imaginary steampunk land they could have invented some way to have an airship full of vacuum (I can't think of anything lighter), so who knows. 2 carriages might actually be possible...
  14. Go completely steampunk and instead of a sea harbour, the station is serving an airship tower... "Broadchurch Sky Harbour" would be fun, and instead of a train ferry, vehicles are shunted onto some kind of relatively lightweight equivalent which would be slung under the airship for the over sea journey... That's possibly a bit too far fetched, actually.
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