Each a glimpse and gone for ever!

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Many years before W H Auden’s ‘Night Mail’, the rhythm of Robert Louis Stevenson’s celebrated 1885 children’s poem ‘From a Railway Carriage’ evoked the thrilling movement of a train.

Peter Green’s painting of Winwick Quay in 1957 depicts the Up ‘Caledonian’ and Stanier 8F No. 48531 shunting in the adjacent sorting yard. The aircraft is heading for the long-gone United States Air Force base at Burtonwood.

For me, though, it’s the final line that says it all. Since the demise of steam, so many fondly remembered locations along Britain’s railway system have been either totally consumed by development or have disappeared completely, and as in the case of Pete Fowler’s ‘Buntingford’ layout that we featured last month, the only way to model such long-lost spots accurately is to find historic photographs or paintings showing them exactly as they once were.

One of my childhood spotting haunts was a lattice footbridge spanning the West Coast Main Line by the perpetually busy goods sorting yard at Winwick Quay, just a few miles north of Warrington.

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Just north of this location was Winwick Junction, where the main line to Scotland curved right and the one to Earlestown station, its triangular layout linking with the original Liverpool and Manchester line, went straight on past the main gates of Vulcan Foundry from which so many fine locomotives – steam, diesel, electric and even gas-turbine – once emerged. PK

For the full article, see the February 2019 edition of Modelling – available now!

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Nigel Devereux

Railway Production Editor at Mortons Media Group Ltd.
Nigel Devereux is a Senior Lecturer in the School of English and Journalism. He has worked within the print publishing industry for 37 years. Nigel was editor of his hometown newspaper - The Horncastle News - from 1998-2001. Nigel is currently the senior sub-editor on The Railway Magazine, the UK’s biggest selling magazine for railway enthusiasts. He is also responsible for maintaining and updating several websites across the Mortons portfolio.
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