Gauge: 'OO' | Period: 1960s | Region: North East | Operating team: Ian Forsyth and friends
Fence Houses is a busy National Coal Board (NCB) shed in the coalfield area of the Industrial North East to the south west of Sunderland. NCB locomotives are serviced and repaired here as well as being based at the shed.
Fence Houses is mainly a NCB site, but there is a busy transfer of empty and full coal wagons from the BR system, although no BR locomotives are based here they can be coaled and watered as required.
Many of the materials needed to run a coal mine and its industries are also supplied by rail, so steel beams, pipes and more will arrive at the small yard. There may even be a short rail tour arriving from time to time. NCB traffic can run on all lines, the line at the back of the layout is a shared user line with BR and this is the only line BR locomotives are allowed to use.
Many of the locomotives are kit built. Many ready-to-run models are also used, but all stock is weathered and detailed. Working signals are by Dapol.
Fence Houses featured in HM164.