64C Dalry Road shed – an inspiration to modellers

Ian Lamb recalls his fascination with the former LMS ‘Jubilee’ 4-6-0s that were no strangers to Dalry Road (64C), a sub-shed of Edinburgh’s St Margaret’s Depot, and one whose layout is well worth modelling.

Nowadays our lives seem increasingly to be dominated by sport. If it isn’t football, it’s tennis; if not athletics, cricket, even though we might have no interest in any of them.

As I write, we’re into the Six Nations Rugby Internationals, so here we go again – but wait a moment! From the train watchers’ point of view this was an exception, because during the steam days of the 1950s, rugby involved many special trains for the fans at Murrayfield.

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During his secondary education years, the writer frequented Gorgie station, where Thompson B1 4-6-0 No. 61117 stands just past the lattice footbridge.  

Secondary school education in Edinburgh’s Gorgie district introduced me to another important aspect of the Edinburgh railway scene – that of the former LMS which I’d certainly known about through almost annual trips down the West Coast to relatives in Coventry via Birmingham New Street Station.  

I have always admired Stanier’s ‘Jubilees’, and this love for the three-cylinder 4-6-0s came about mainly through a daily sojourn after school to Dalry Road sheds to see what had brought in ‘the Birmingham’.  

For the full article and to view more images, see the March 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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