Bretherdale TMD

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Bretherdale TMD

By Andy Hudson & Jay Duggan

This layout is an example of what can be achieved by being a member of Warley MRC.  Making use of the Hudson Room (named after a previous long standing member, not me) I was able to build the “dream”.


It uses a “what if” scenario - what if Network South East had expanded its services north of Birmingham New Street to Glasgow. NSE would need a location to service, maintain and refuel loco's half way between London and Glasgow. Bretherdale TMD was built on the former home of Tebay station and MPD on the West Coast Main Line (WCML).


The name was taken from a local hamlet not far from this location, with the derelict buildings being restored and used as the railway workers homes.


This layout is still (August 2018) under construction using Grange and Hodder laser cut plywood baseboards to standard pattern and bespoke size boards 7* 750mmx1200 mm with 25mm square pine legs.  The fiddle yard when built will add to the overall length.  As a consequence of its shape, it need a floor space of 25ft * 10ft plus fiddle yard.  Additional hardware is leg length adjusters, brass alignment dowels and suitcase style locks, all used to secure and align the baseboards.


All the track is Peco code 124 Bullhead rail, this has been laid on to 6mm cork, this will hopefully give us a nice shoulder when we ballast the layout.


The shed was built from a Heljan Modern Diesel Depot, the basic shed was built then wrapped in Slaters plastikard. 7mm corrugated sheet was used for the roof section, we also used embossed brick sheet to form wall supports to hide joins, and to add detail to the inside of the shed which was lacking. We also built the roof supports from Plastikstrut H sections. The finished build was painted using Tamiya acrylic paints, and weathered using oil paints and oil washes. Extra detail is still required line drain pipes and down pipes and yard signage.


The works office, refueling point and wash plant are all from Skytrex, again these was assembled and painted with Tamiya acrylic paints. The brickwork on the works office was given a wash with watered down woodland scenic's concrete paint, then rubbed down leaving paint in the gaps to look like mortar. The interior of the works office still needs to be done. The roof was weathered with Flory dark dirt chalk wash. This is very easy to apply it was painted on and left to dry, once dry it is wiped with a moist kitchen towel or cue tip, leaving grime in the gaps.


The Wash plant has yet to be weathered, that will be done once the track has been ballasted, water effects will also be used to give that wet look in the area.


We also have a LNWR Signal box, again the was purchased from Skytrex to build, this will be sited near the junction on the main line. We have not decided the state or repair of the shed, it may have windows boarded up and be in a sorry state of affairs.


We will update this page as work continues on the layout.


The TMD section of the layout will be on the Warley stand at the Warley Show 2018 at the NEC 24th and 25th November so that is another reason for coming to the show.


For more information contact Andy Hudson