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Railway Modelling and Model Engineering can Involve:

What many people say; playing with toy trains, cars and models mmmmm!!.

But actually involves using many skills learnt with the progress of your model engineering design whichever direction it may take.

Just erecting building and running your first model railway, boat, plane, car, slot car set or model traction engine involves many practices you may have not been prepared for.

Model Railway and Model Engineering can be combined into one subject when constructing a model from components ready made or made by yourself and always using constructional drawings/diagrams.

Using your; mind, imagination and skill (and you will be amazed at what skills you really have).

Whether you have in your mind to build; a model locomotive, carriage, wagon, or your first model railway you will find that many basic skills are needed and much knowledge about railway practice of the area you choose to model.

Many budding modellers start of with a basic train set and find that they are not happy with a basic oval and extend their layout such that it grows and becomes to big for the space they have and assembly each time out ways the pleasure. This is where many are lost. But it does not have to be, with some careful thought and planning the interest can be extended to become a lifelong pastime.

With the quality of today's modern manufactured model railway products many modellers do not feel the need to build models as their needs are catered for. But still in building their model railway many skills are acquired. Still they find the need to have pictures of their favourite locomotives so why not a general arrangement drawing to.

Track work, signalling and railway architecture are as important to some but not to others but in most if not all an element of all three are usually combined some times with the budding enthusiast not knowing but yet is eventually realised.

Others start when they find that they have been missing out on their interests due to work and no time to build or design or because they think they don’t have the skills. Finding time for a hobby opens up the imagination and when the imagination is open skills start to develop.

Whatever the reason Railway Modelling and Model Engineering is eventually found to be a pleasant and lifelong pastime and finds you many new friends.

When researching Railways around the world whether for Past or Modern History in Design. Noticeable features become clear, whether 150 years ago or today’s modern practice:

These are just a few of the amazing skills that can be found during research on any model of your choice. Skills that many potential modeller realise and achieve themselves.

Warsop Junction in the 1960’s now track work, signalling and the station facilities re designed to form the new service structure listed below.

Note: Not all lines in this area shown.


Typical of the early 1960’s Warsop Junction on the ex Great Central Railway line gives rise to much thought about how much diversity of operations was be achieved on the Midlands and Derbyshire Coalfields that operated in this area.

Today’s line is much simplified but still full of diverse operations. Warsop Junction was part of the old Lancashire Derbyshire & East Coast Railway (LD &ECR).

Part of this section of track From Shirebrook West after Thoresby Colliery Junction now forms part of Network Rails Test Track Facility

Whilst the main Junction  now forms part of the newly established Robin Hood Line from Nottingham to Worksop.

These are all served from Shirebrook West Junction.

It was rumoured but not confirmed that services from the Robin Hood Line may open once again along the old LD&ECR serving Warsop, Edwinstowe, Ollerton etc. Probably wish full thinking but would be great to see it happen.


Introduction To Model Railways And Engineering