The Whitsend Tramway

"The Whitsend Tramway" was built Graham Watling in 2006 and exhibited 44 times between 2007 and 2015.  It has now been sold to a new home in Essex.  

It was inspired by the North York Moors coastal villages of Runswick Bay, Sandsend and Staithes.  Built as a continuous run, there was a fiddle yard under the central rear cliff which lead out in a clockwise direction under a rooad brige to "Thorndale Halt".  The track then continued on to a quayside where there was a siding.  On the right were sidings to an engine shed and small carriage shed.


The engine shed area with a Sharp Stewart tram loco at the water tower.









A passenger train passing the quayside.







The route then continued past the inner harbour, then past "two bridges" and on to the Whitsend Station where there was a passing loop.  After leaving the station the track crossed an un-gated level crossing and passsed by "Grinkle Farm".  A run down the back of the layout took the trains behing the Royal Hotel to re-enter the fiddle yard.


"Leviathan" and goods train pass the inner harbour.  The harbour buildings were modelled on photographs of some at Staithes.










Tram loco "Lottie" passes Two Bridges.  Care was taken to replicate the colours of the sandstone found along this part of the coast.







The layout was made up of three boards each 100cm x 56 cm. Track used was Peco 009 irregular sleepered track on foam underlay and turnouts were controlled by wire in tube. 

The buildings were a mix of modified kits, scratch built items and re-painted Hornby Skaledale structures,  the scratch built items were made from my own photographs and photos in a book called "Around Whitby" showing many long-gone structures.  All items were made with Wills embossed sheets as near to the photograph that I could get and then painted with the typical sandstone shades of the area.  


"Leviathan" shown again slowing into Whitsend  Station.  The station building was made from a Wills Chapel kit suitably modified, and the Tea Room to the left from a modified Wills Taxi Mens Hut.









The Royal Hotel is a model of the public house in Runswick Bay, and the shop is from Robin Hood's Bay.






My wife added most of the scenic items, the back scene, trees, bushes and flowers.  We then added many figures, birds and animals from the Langley range.