"Glenister" - 009 scale
Glenister (009 scale) built by P. Porter
In the latter part of the nineteenth century the L.M.S. constructed a standard gauge branch line along the Glenister Valley on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds from Kirton-on-Lindsey to the small market town Glenister. In the early years the line thrived carrying passengers, goods (vegetables and timber mainly) and livestock. However, local traffic started to dwindle as cottage industries were swallowed-up by new efficient factories and the lorry and motor car were able to transport goods and people easier around the country. Eventually in 1958, the British Railways Board announced that the branch would be closed and the tracks lifted.
Just outside the town of Glenister in a grand house lived the Earl of Lincolnshire, a philanthropist who had a great affinity for all things local. As well as now being unable to use the railway to transport produce from his Estate to the main line at Newark-on-Trent, he was also concerned at the loss of employment in the area following the lines closure. Hearing of some smaller narrow gauge lines selling off their stock and equipment the Earl opened negotiations with the British Railways Board to attempt to buy the line. They had already sold off the stock and rails and were only too pleased to sell the land and buildings for a knock down price to the Earl. He began re-constructing the line along the 19 mile trackbed to 2ft 3" gauge from the latter half of 1958. In just over a year the line re-opened for the first movement of passenger and goods.
The locals did use the the line and it just managed to pay it's way with the transportation of workers and then it became a popular tourist attraction.
Most of the stock was purchased second hand from companies in the UK and abroad, and some of it is still running in their original livery, but it is hoped to get a standard livery determined and re-painting begun soon, as the layout is presented as it was in the mid 1960's.
The terminus at Glenister, the end of the line.
The spacious nature of the new "narrow gauge" station give clues to it's standard gauge past.
Facts: The Layout
The layout as presented, shows the terminus at Glenister as it was in the mid 1960's. In it's present form the layout was started in early 2014 and for the major part, was finished in February 2015. Each baseboard is 48" x 21" and is constructed of 9mm ply wood with a few cross braces. Train control is 12 volt DC analogue using an H & M "Clipper" controller, or a Minitrains feedback controller. Points are changed by Seep point motors using 16 volt AC from the H & M controller and a capacitor discharge unit. The separate mimic board controlling the section breaks and point switching is connected to each board using 25-way "D" connectors.
An 0-6-0 pulls into Glenister station with typical passenger
stock purchased from Europe.
Currently there are eight operational locomotives, five are Liliput or Egger, the remaining three are kit built. Two of the locomotives and some of the stock were built about thirty years ago, though there are new kits purchased to be built one day. Two of the favourite loco's are "Prince" (my first 009 loco) and the Chris Ward Fiery Elias Tram loco, though I also like the D & H type "B" tank loco because of it's open cab. It is hoped to introduce more British stock as time goes on.
The trains arrive and leave Glenister via a tunnel mouth where there are large stone retaining walls.
The black Roco 0-6-0 is seen at the level crossing near to the tunnel mouth.
A future extension of the layout is planned, when the layout will become "L" shaped to fit the area available. This hopefully will be the station at the other end of the line where there is an interchange with the standard gauge L.M.S. at Kirton on Lindsey.
The canal wharf and timber yard at Glenister.
Behind can be seen the large stone retaining walls originally constructed by the L.M.S. railway to enable goods to be transported and transhipped via the canal.