Tapton Junction, Chesterfield

kevsmith Jan 12, 2022

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    A lot of people who know me for my Z gauge exhibition layouts are aware the the next BIG project I have planned is the Classic railfan spot at Chesterfield station in Derbyshire, England. Some of the busiest and most varied rail movements over many decades made this a 'must go' place for U.K railfans. Two fast lines and two slow lines in a few golden miles where trains from Nottingham and Derby combined before the lines split to Sheffield and direct traffic routed to the north via the 'Midland Old Road' generated a never ending parade of passenger services

    Steam made regular appearances as well. Flying Scotsman heads back to its Carnforth base after returning from its Railtour of Australia

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    The era I'm going to do is from the late 1980s through the 1990s as British railway was split up and privatised and the variety of colour schemes went Nuts!

    More in a minute, Need to put the Short ribs Beef in Ale gravy in the oven!

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    So the favoured spot was the footbridge at Tapton Junction just to the North of the station itself where with careful composition you can get the famous Crooked Spire of St Mary's church in Chesterfield in the shot

    Two preserved class 50 'Hoovers' on a railtour head north

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    The busy traffic included HST 125 passenger trains on London to Sheffield, Midland mainline workings seen on the right. Second generation DMUs like class 144s seen in the up platform and venerable Class 37s on the daily Ballast workings

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    And on rare occasions the Royal Train

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    Note the silver painted buffers on the Class 47

    Not always great weather but I used to drag myself down in rain, fog, baking heat and snow

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    This is a classic case, The Class 142 DMU known locally as 'Nodding Donkeys' because of their appaling ride (And finally withdrawn a few months ago, years after they were due to be gone) is in the old 'Regional railways' livery on a Chesterfield-York working. The used car lot would not have been doing much business this day! Interestingly I had a conversation with a fellow railfan about 18 months ago on Carnforth station when he asked why I was bothering filming the 'Pacers' as we were supposed to call them. I just told him that when they were gone, they were gone and he'd regret not capturing them when he had the chance. I still kick myself for ignoring the first generation DMUs until it was almost too late

    'Celebrity Class 108 in retro BR Green livery with 'Speed whiskers'


    Horrid things!

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    More soon

    Kev
     
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    A regular was the afternoon Royal Mail postal train wich collected and dropped off vans along the route to London

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    Class 56 heavy haulers were plentiful on both Coil Steel and coal workings

    You'll notice the sub sector markings on the loco are the same as my Avatar. The 'Coal' sub-sector

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    Another regular was the Limestone and cement traffic from the high peaks of Derbyshire. A class 60 hurries through Chesterfield with a rake of RMC Hoppers

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    Class 58s, very distinctive with their end cabs were nick-named 'Bones' by the local train spotters and were nearly always seen on the MGR Coal trains that worked a continous circuit between the collieries and the power stations

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    This the actual loco I scratchbuilt in gauge 1 many years ago. Seen on my Mardy Colliery Gauge 1 exhibition layout back then. It was a beast! It used two playmobile chassis extended to make them three axles. Body and trucks were scratchbuilt in Nickel silver. Like the real thing it was of modular construction with the cabs and the three centre modules bolted onto the undeframes. Working fans and smoke units, Directional headlighting and cab interior lights. Working wipers (Until they disintegrated at a show and were rapidly discarded) and the ability to run Radio controlled from internal Gel batteries or off DC track power. It would have been a prime candidate to be converted to DCC

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    Seen on John Tomlinsons garden layout in Cheshire running RC

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    I'll have to knuckle down and learn about 3D designing as I'm going to need some of these in Z and the Rokuhan shorty mechanism seems to be a good way to go


    Now you may wonder what prompted me to start this thread? Well on some of the forums I'm a member of of ,a few people who watch my youtube channel have suggested (Because they know I have got a lot of it) that instead of doing targeted, one theme, uploads that I just put one complete mastertape on. taking out loads of family stuff and duff bits This was my first ever tape. Sony 8mm 001 'Late 1996 to early 1997' and features a lot of trains at Chesterfield as well other rail hotspots. Some of my camera work is a bit wobbly (Pre-tripod) and of course the quality is nowhere near what I get on the Panasonic HDs these days but the for the UK raifans it is a real nostalgia fest



    In the description on the video is a roll call but to give you an idea

    Role Call

    10/09/1996

    Whittington 58 023 'Peterborough depot'

    Whittington Class 37 on Ammonia tanks

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 on Norwich Liverpool

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 60 on M/T Steel coils

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    11/09/1996

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 142 York-Chesterfield

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 47 York-Poole

    Chesterfield (Tapton) The Crooked Spire

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 142 Chesterfield-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 60 008 Buachaille Etive Mor MGRs South

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 on Norwich Liverpool

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 47 York-Poole

    Tupton Class 60 Limestone South

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    12/09/1996

    Whittington' Tamper' south

    05/10/1996

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 60009 Union of South Africa

    26/10/1996

    Askam in Furness 153 359 Carlisle-Lancaster

    Askam in Furness 71000 Duke of Gloucester

    16/11/1996

    Whittington 60 022 M/T Steels North

    Whittington 60009 Union of South Africa 'The White Rose'

    Chesterfield station 37 706

    Chesterfield station 60 091 An Teallach

    Chesterfield station 144 012

    Chesterfield station 60009 Union of South Africa 'The White Rose'

    03/12/1996

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 60 004 Steels South

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 856 York-Chesterfield

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 856 Chesterfield-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 56 Coilhoods North

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 158 Liverpool-Norwich

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 856 Chesterfield-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 47 York-Poole

    Poole-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 60 M/T steel

    10/12/1996

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 60 M/T steel

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 56 084 Bogie Bolsters South

    Chesterfield (Tapton) London-Sheffield HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) London-Sheffield HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 796 Liverpool-Norwich

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 60 MGRs (N)

    Chesterfield station 47 224 Ballast South

    Chesterfield station 158 862 Norwich-Liverpool

    Chesterfield station 60 008 'Gypsum Queen' Steels North

    Chesterfield station 43056 and 085 Sheffield-St Pancras

    Chesterfield station 43077 London-Sheffield

    18/12/1996

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 47 York-Poole

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 56 095 Harworth Colliery MGRs South

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    24/12/1996

    Askam in Furness 142 052 Barrow-Carlisle

    Askam in Furness Class 142 Carlisle-Barrow

    27/12/1996

    Askam in Furness 153 351 Carlisle-Lancaster

    28/01/1997

    Chesterfield,Lockoford La Class 158 Norwich-Liverpool

    29/01/1997

    Chesterfield,Lockoford La Class 47 on Coilhoods

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 37 047 M/T Steels North

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Class 144 York-Chesterfield

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 47 853 Poole-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 56 083 M/T Steel North

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 47 810 'Porterbrook' Poole-York

    Chesterfield (Tapton) Sheffield-London St Pancrass HST

    Chesterfield (Tapton) 158 853 Liverpool-Norwich

    Chesterfield (Tapton) London-Sheffield HST

    Chesterfield station 47 785 'The Statesman'

    Chesterfield station

    04/02/1997

    Peak Forest 60 025, 097, 032

    Peak Forest

    Peak Forest 60 025, 097, 032

    Peak Forest

    Great Rocks Junction 59 205

    Great Rocks Industrial diesels

    Buxton 150 223 Southport-Buxton

    Buxton 150 223 Buxton Southport

    Buxton MPD 60 025, 097 and 032 fuelling

    07/02/1997

    Askam in Furness 153 313 Barrow-Carlisle

    Askam in Furness 153 361 Carlisle-Barrow

    Askam in Furness 153 313 Barrow-Carlisle

    Askam in Furness 153 363 Carlisle-Lancaster

    Askam in Furness 142 060 Barrow-Carlisle

    11/02/1997

    Manchester Piccadilly Class 47

    Manchester Piccadilly 47 853 Light engine south

    Manchester Piccadilly 101 656 Picadilly-Rose Hill

    Manchester Piccadilly 87 006 London Euston-Piccadilly

    Manchester Piccadilly 90 134 ex Trafford Park Container traffic

    Manchester Piccadilly-London Euston DVT and Class 86

    Manchester Piccadilly 142 012 Picadilly-Chester

    Manchester Piccadilly 158 782

    Manchester Piccadilly Class 158

    Manchester Piccadilly 323 235

    Manchester Piccadilly Class 101 Metro Camm Rose Hill-Piccadilly

    Manchester Piccadilly Class 323


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