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A layout Named Maven street ,
 
4 Power zones with DC power , electric points , full lighting , inc stained glass windows in the church , the church
also has a speaker connected to a MP3 player that plays the church bells .
Full indexing turntable
Working Signals , Lighted Inspection Pits .
Many Power sections , With Un-couplers
A Lot Of Layout in a small Space !!
Pictures Below Text
 

Maven Street Story

Maven Street Station is on the LNER East Coast Main Line with cross country connections to the LMS, Great Eastern, Great Central and Midland and Great Northern Joint railways. It has a small Motive Power Depot with coaling, watering and servicing facilities, which ,in later years, are still useful as a servicing point for the new diesel traction.

A redundant railway viaduct, crossing the valley, has found a new lease of life as a convenient roadway to the town of Maven-on-the-Hill, enabling the town access to the major road network in the area, which has gained importance as the railways usefulness has declined.

The sidings, in addition to a LNER shunting tank, are also the haunt of a private company shunting engine, with access to the mainline to reach privately owned, lightly laid and tightly curved, branches and industrial facilities in the area.

The station sees regular express mainline passenger and fast freight services to and from the North, as well as cross country traffic and London commuter trains. Freight moves across the area in all directions

The restrictive nature of the two track tunnel is a major headache to the company and is routinely the subject of board discussions as to it being dualled or by-passed altogether as is also the future of the MPD with it’s cramped site, but the turning and servicing capability is vital to operations in the area as is the turntable, which was enlarged to be capable of turning any mainline locomotive at the same time as the facilities on the site were updated.

Operations in the area and through the years commence in

1939

with the arrival of an express for the North, a set of Gresley teak coaches, hauled by Seagull, in spanking new, Garter Blue livery with Crimson wheels and complete with the new fangled double Kylchap chimney she received when built under a year ago and a corridor tender. She has displaced the A1’s from this service and A1 Flying Scotsman arrives on the Scotch Goods heading for the capital. She would have to wait until 1947 before she was rebuilt to an A3. The privately owned Little Giant scampers around the sidings, shunting wagons, assembling a train for the pick-up goods and ventures out onto the mainline to deliver and pick-up wagons from local private branches in the area..

1946

The War is over and conditions are getting back to normal with the old liveries re-appearing. Scotsman and Seagull busy themselves on the mainline. A Black 5 arrives with a rake of mixed vintage LMS coaches on a cross country service. Someone has gone a bit overboard and the normal black livery has been replaced by Crimson Lake, probably not for very long!! She uncouples and runs into the MPD for servicing and turning and is “borrowed” for a goods turn. Little Giant is also busily scampering around.

1957

Has arrived and so has a young Queen, British Railways new crest and a group of trainspotters, complete with new ABC’s., duffle bag and frozen Jubblys.

They inhabit a corner on the footbridge with a good view into the MPD.

A Brit blasts through heading north and a Footballer heads the Cambridge train back to the city. A J72 has recently moved to the depot, a rare cop this far south, and readies a goods train whilst a J39 coals, waters and oils-up ready to take it out, heading for March. An L1 comes in with a train off the GE section, its Westinghouse pump pants away working the air-braked stock and a BR standard 4 tank, hauling a rake of BR Mk1 suburban stock, pauses on a commuter service. A pristine B1 “Gazelle” working light engine saunters to a stop in the loop to allow a fast passenger train through. The spotters scamper across to talk to the crew who are taking her north after overhaul at Stratford works. A visit to the cab is secured as she waits sizzling and the crew take a break, the express passenger, hauled by one of the brand new, Brush type 2 diesels, later class 31, thunders through. The B1 departs to waves from the spotters. The J39 passes through on the pick-up goods to be passed by another “cop”, a WD on a heavy freight, the crew delight in sounding the “hooter”, a sound that shakes you to your stomach.

A pristine Craven DMU arrives on the commuter train for Welwyn-Garden-City. What happened to the old N2’s that used to work this service? We haven’t seen the old N7’s on the GE section trains since the L1’s appeared.

A green 0-6-0 diesel shunter ambles into the yard and the J72 is dispatched North, never to be seen again.

The Eastern Region is the first to replace steam with diesel power, except when early examples fail and steam steps up to the plate to replace them!

1979

finds Maven Street still busy and a lot cleaner and the locos and carriages now turned out in blue grey.

A HST set rushes through and hurries into the tunnel as a Class 47, County of Norfolk, a long-time Stratfod resident, heads south with an early morning sleeper train. The green shunter has been replaced by a blue 08 shunter, which now has the yards to itself as Little Giant and her driver were pensioned of some years ago. The train spotters are a lot thinner on the ground and the signal box is due to close as the signalling is updated and centralised