Minutes later, the Up express having
almost"cleared the block", a 4F leaves
the loop with the daily pick-up goods from Hawes, heading back to Hellifield.
Going by the signals another express is due in the Down direction.
indentUnder the layout are not only storage loops for main-line trains but a
return loop which can turn whole trains leaving via Quarry Tunnel.
This came about owing to the customer's request for a turntable. The only turntable in the
middle of the S&C (as you will know by now), was at Gardsdale;- which was also the
junction for the Hawes branch. Therefore, by the addition of a return loop we could send trains to Hawes and have them
come back again later at the push of a button!
indentThere was also an Eastern Region (ex-LNER) service from Northallerton through Hawes to Tupdale (Garsdale), which explains the appearance of a J39 with a small rake of teak ex-LNER coaches at Tupdale. (It should be a D20 4-4-0 but that means making up a kit and neither the customer nor I have done that yet!) This short train is easily stored in the return loop and makes two or three appearances during a running session.
indentIt soon became obvious that while the J39 was visiting the station we could use the empty loop to send the pick-up goods down the branch to Hawes, or the Hellifield-Hawes local. So, for the addition of but one return loop we can now run three more trains and we now have a use for the turntable - to turn the J39! But now we are getting into operating and that's a very different kettle of fish!
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