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Canada Road

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Canada Road  
Peter Johnson EM gauge 4mm scale

Canada Road models the era before docklands became smart executive homes and attractive waterside theme pubs ...

It is somewhere between 1960 and the late 1970s, on the fringes of a major port. Worn down black steam engines are reaching the end of their days, green diesels have arrived but are soon swept away by a tide of corporate blue paint - the colour of trains from my teens. Soon all shunting nationwide will be handled by the universal Class 'O8', but not quite yet.

The small exchange sidings just off Canada Road are visited by a variety of mixed traffic locomotives working to and from the local large marshalling yard. Occasionally larger locomotives are rostered, looking a little out of

place on only a short string of wagons. The shunting engine then sorts the

arriving trains, often taking short 'trip' workings out to the nearby industry

and wharves. Sometimes the loaded trucks will be checked on the weighbridge before onward movement.

The region and period of the scene change throughout the day, showing the many local types of diesel shunter which used to be found around the country. The changes in railway livery and traffic between the years 1960 and 1979 are portrayed. More than twenty types of shunting and mainline diesel locomotive appear, along with over forty different designs of wagon from the British Railways era.


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