Bottom Works Sidings

Bottom Works Sidings is a representation of a small part of a fictitious network of lines built to serve an equally fictitious steelworks on the southern outskirts of Wombwell in South Yorkshire.

It’s assumed that, while most traffic accessed the steelworks from a connection with the former Midland line, a secondary connection ran out onto the former Great Central line, and served a coking plant that was on a separate site to the main steelworks… the model is based on the exchange Sidings between this secondary connection (served by BR trains) and the coking plant (served by internal movements); given the GC line was electrified at 1500v DC as far as Wath Yard, this has been continued into the yard, adding something a bit unusual to the model.

The layout was built as an entry into the Model Railway Journal Cameo Competition and made it to the finals. It is a fiddle yard to fiddle yard arrangement with a 4ft 6in scenic section in the centre. Total length is 9ft 6in.

To the rear of the layout, a single line splits into 3 exchange Sidings before continuing off scene towards the steelworks. This is joined by another single line running from the coking plant, with a couple of Sidings to the front of the layout used for storing surplus stock.

An article on the layout appeared in Model Railway Journal No.279, published in August 2020.

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