Retford-Gainsboro BB5


Retford is represented in the era when the Sheffield - Gainsborough line crossed the East Coast Main Line on the level, and when there was just the one station in Retford.  The line to Sheffield is truncated on the outskirts of Retford, and the ECML is sufficiently long to allow mainline trains to work up to a significant speed through the station.  The scenery at the ends of this short section of the ECML isn’t complete as the reason for it is just as stated.

Retford to Clarborough Junction

It was the practice to give a long whistle at the first signalbox on the edge of town (the first “whistle” sign) to indicate that your train wished to take the left fork towards Gainsborough at Clarborough Junction.  This message was then relayed from one box to the next up to Clarborough Junction box.  It’s a steep climb to Clarborough Tunnel, but a banking engine was usually stationed in the sidings near the water tank for any train that needed assistance.

Clarborough Junction to Gainsborough (Not scened)

Note that Sturton Station and West Burton Power Station were not open at the same time.  However, it seemed too good an opportunity to miss to have both on the route!  Note that the bridge numbers are accurately portrayed, as are the mileposts for the era, though these have been reworked since in real life.  The Trent signalbox(es) have had several situations on, and both sides of the bridge.  The site shown is the one appropriate to the end of the steam era.

Clarborough Junction to Lincoln (Not scened)

This includes stations that were closed about 1959, and the Cottam Power Station that opened in the late 1960s, so Cottam Station never had the view of Cottam Power Station represented here.  Similarly with Torksey Station, and Torksey Oil Depot.  This route was known as the “Direct Route” and avoided Gainsborough.  Torksey Viaduct was built by the same engineer who built the Forth Bridge, and included the first box girder bridge in the country.

Gainsborough Lea Road to Lincoln (Not scened)

Remains open.

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