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Pinxfield

Mark Shipman

Brian Marriott

David Page

Chris Trafford



Pinxfield


This is an 26ft x 2ft EM Gauge representation of the Great Northern Railway (GNR) terminus at Pinxton near Mansfield; it is being constructed by club members: Mark Shipman, Brian Marriott, David Page and Chris Trafford  The original station terminus was named Pinxton Wharfe because it did not have a connection the original collieries there.  Following a fatal accident attributed to tender running, the GNR built an engine shed and small turntable.


Space constraints have meant that we have placed the engine shed to the South of the station and much nearer than the prototypical location to the West.  In our representation the turntable is located off scene.  The buildings are the best representations possible, there are only two know photos of the shed and these do not show the whole building.  Construction is based upon other examples of the design of GNR sheds having a hip roof.  Because it is not an exact replica of Pinxton, we feel that it could not be named as such and thus Pinxfield was “coined”.


The station is constructed per plans and photographs and is of a standard design used on the “Derbyshire Extension” of the GNR.  Daybrook was remarkably similar.  The Midland Railway (MR) passes just North of the station buffer stops.  The station layout is unusual having staggered platforms served by a wooden barrow/foot crossing.  It therefore has three platform faces and has been prototypically modelled with some compression to fit the 15ft scenic section.


Set in the period 1918 – 1928 spanning the transition from the GNR to the London & North Eastern Railway (LNER).  The only real difference was a change in livery undertaken at a slow pace.  The Working Timetable (WTT) has 14 down trains from either Colwick Yard or “Nominally” Nottingham Victoria, but only 13 up trains.  I say “Nominally” Nottingham Victoria because the majority started and terminated at Basford & Bulwell a station on the main “Derbyshire Extension” – the oddity being that they travelled East along the “Back Line” through Daybrook and round to Netherfield (being labelled “UP Trains” – from Netherfield to Pinxton they were labelled “Down Trains”), then West to Nottingham Victoria, North along the Great Central Railway (GCR) “Landon Extension” to branch off West back through Basford & Bulwell before taking the Pinxton Branch.  The return journey travelled in the opposite direction on the GCR and “Back Line”.  There was also a Grantham – Pinxton – Newark – Grantham daily service via Nottingham Victoria in both direction using the GCR.



New collieries were sunk at Pinxton and the GNR built a branch to them diverging near the station throat and passing over the MR by a plate girder bridge, and the rising embankment forms the background to the layout.  Whilst the London & North Western Railway (LNWR) and North Staffordshire Railway (NSR) had running rights on the “Derbyshire Extension, they did not have running rights on the Pinxton Branch in reality.  However, on our representation we do have one LNWR coal train to and from Colwick yard.  Our rationale for this train is that 40% of coal transported to London was hauled by the LNWR using the GN & LNWR joint line.  


This line branched South at Saxondale Junction and then reached Northampton via Market Harborough – the old trackbed is the Bingham Linear Walk.  An additional engineering train will be represented.


Point work is a mix of British Finescale B7 point kits and handmade double slip points using copper clad and nickel silver length of bullhead rail to match the SMP plain track built by Chris Trafford.  The scenic section is 15ft and the non-scenic sections are 5ft 6in either end to accommodate the colliery train cassettes.


DCC will be used to control locos, so that the need to create dead sections with attendant switches and wiring will be obviated.  Tortoise point motors will be used to actuate the point switches.