HEATON LODGE JUNCTION
Billed as Britain’s biggest model railway, this epic ‘O’ gauge layout of a famous junction is nearing completion. Builder SIMON GEORGE explains the creation of this 1980s scene.
MOST YOUNGSTERS even these days have a particular place they congregate. For some it’s the local park, others the corner shop, but for me it was a busy windswept railway junction in West Yorkshire known as Heaton Lodge.
Situated about two miles west of Mirfield, Heaton Lodge Junction was where the Lancashire & Yorkshire Railway’s Calder Valley route and the London & North Western Railway lines converged. Even up to the mid-1980s this was a busy route with more than 130 trains a day in each direction, more than half of which were freight.