Coldblow Lane is now known as Gallowmere, more details to follow below soon
This 4mm/OO gauge layout set in 1970s' North West England. The layout represents a stub of a truncacted urban branch and features a run round loop and exchange to a currently off-scene parcels depot.
Coldblow Lane is a real place, situated in New Cross and is more famously known as the location of Millwall FC's ground. This area was once the meeting point between the East London Railway and the network of South London lines.
In 1865, the East London Railway Company took ownership of the Brunel's pedestrian Thames Tunnel from Wapping to Rotherhithe and over the next few years laid rails to ultimately connect Shoreditch to New Cross via Surrey Docks, with branches linking to Whitechapel and Old Kent Road completed by 1884.
The East London Railway Company owned the infrastructure but it was operated by its controlling railways (GER, LB&SCR, LCDR, SER, the Metropolitan Railway and the District Railway). Trains were initially operated by the GER, LB&SCR and the SER. In 1913, the ELR line was electrified, the controlling railways funding the upgrade and the Metropolitan Railway providing the rolling stock. After the grouping, the LNER ran the goods trains on the ELR, the Metropolitan (latterly part of the London Underground) continued to run the passenger services. Goods services over the ELR were withdrawn in 1962.
These days the line is part of the London Overground network.
The layout name comes from the original spelling of Cold Blow Lane, the real location never had its own station, but there was (and still is) a complex web of lines in the area. I have imagined that as part of the branch extension to Old Kent Road, the owners of a number of local industries got together and set up an industrial railway feeding into the main network just beyond Coldblow Lane Station. A local South London passenger service from Charing Cross terminates at Coldblow Lane station, the line to Old Kent Road having been cut back, however the EMU’s have to run forward onto the remaining stub of the line, which now acts as a headshunt, to reverse direction.
The layout features a single line, a run round loop and a line to the industrial park, all set on a raised track bed carried on embankments and an arched viaduct. A goods line stub ends next to the headshunt, at a slightly lower level.
Emerging from under high level disused railway carried on brick retaining walls and girder bridges, the running line and run round loop converge just before the rails cross an abandoned stretch of a canal. The line to the industrial park drops away from the main line and disappears under the disused railway bridge.
The trackwork and 3rd rail equipment is Peco code 75, laid straight onto the ply trackbed. Train control is by NCE PowerCab DCC control providing track power. Points are controlled in the time honoured analogue way, but motorisation is by servos via a Megapoints board.
The majority of structures will be scratchbuilt using plywood or foamboard formers, covered in embossed plasticard, with some off the shelf detailing parts. Total size is just over 9ft by 15 inches, over 3 boards and the layout has been designed to be extended at both ends should the urge arise.
As with my previous layout, Rockvilla Goods, shunting is the driving force behind this new project.