Bellingham

DANIEL REITMANN from Germany selected the final years of BR steam for his attractive home-based ‘OO’ gauge layout. Here he reveals its story and how he recreated the British railway system in mainland Europe.

Class 45 ‘Peak’ D188 leads an express away from Bellingham and passes a Gloucester Class 122 single-car DMU. In the background the old shed is populated with a BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 and a Fowler ‘4F’ 0-6-0.
PHOTOGRAPHY, DANIEL REITMANN.
BR ‘9F’ 2-10-0 92189 eases off the modified Fleischmann turntable before heading out on to the mainline.

LIVING near Dresden in the Saxony region of south-east Germany I’m surrounded by incredible scenery and stunning railways. Nearby are an array of 750mm gauge narrow gauge steam lines including that from Radebeul to Radeberg which still provides daily steam operation as well as the likes of the Cranzahl line on the border of the Czech Republic. Germany is also well-known for its Plandampf events, where steam locomotives take over scheduled services, but even with this rich vein of steam and railway operation on the doorstep, I still find myself drawn to the railways of Britain. My fascination is with the final years of steam on the London Midland Region covering the period when the first of the new diesels were arriving to take over from the old form of traction.

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