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St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas

Owned by Phil Reid

Scale: 4mm/ft, Gauge: 00/16.5mm

St Nicholas is an imaginary Spa town situated on the edge of the Derbyshire Peak District, the branch would have run from Chesterfield to Matlock. The town's name originated from the St Nicholas shopping centre in Sutton in Surrey where the track for this layout was set out for the first time as a track laying demonstration.

In the late 70's part of the line between Matlock and St Nicholas was closed along with the original station building on the opposite side of the street to the goods yard. British Rail built a new station on part of the old goods yard complete with locomotive run round facilities, with council and tourist board supporting a new ticket and information office rather than the usual bus shelter.

Service trains run through from Sheffield using a mixture of diesel multiple units and locomotive haul trains when the railcars are not available. Freight traffic is mainly general goods and coal which arrive off the regular freight trip workings from Tinsley and Toton goods yards.

Track work is Peco code 75, with live frog points operated by SMP point motors with a CDU in line with centre off sprung switches, some section switching and featuring working mechanical signals operated from a small lever frame. Buildings are either kits or complete straight from the box, all of which can be purchased from your local model shop.

General view of the station Shunting the yard Goods train ariving The bridge The local shops