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No Place




Set in the North West of County Durham “No Place Disposal Point” was built by the Ministry of Fuel and power in 1942 on the site of East Stanley Colliery. The screens were linked to the Beamish Railway near Beamish Station (nowadays buried under the large roundabout at the entrance to Beamish Museum).  A wagon repair shop was opened on the site, later taken over as a preservation shed by a group of Durham University Railway Society members.  The whole site closed in the late eighties and was levelled, the preserved locos moving on to other locations.  This of course isn’t the real history of the East Stanley site after closure, but it makes a “might have been” that fits the size of layout I wanted to build.  Modelled some time between 1965 and 1975.

The layout is DCC controlled using NCE cabs, with magnetically modified tension lock couplers to allow some shunting of the screens.  There is a vintage passenger train which appears from time to time.  

Technical details.   Size 7 feet X 2 feet layout, footprint 9 feet X 6 feet to include operating space.  Viewed from front.  Has own trestles.  Has own lighting and RCD.  Needs ONE 13-amp socket.  

Team of three operators (usually two working layout and one recovering).  Layout based near Newark on Trent.  Overnight accommodation please over 65 miles from base.

Layout travels by car (one car Fri/Sat, two on Sunday).

Contact owner-  Les Richardson  01636 706155.  If no answer please leave message on answerphone.  Email preferred-

Footnote.  No Place is a real place near Beamish. The original village of No Place has disappeared but the name lives on allied to the next-door village of Cooperative Villas.