New Dalby models a Network Rail test facility based on the Railway Technical Centre in Derby. It is modelled in ‘N’ gauge.
Gauge: ‘N’ | Period: 2010-2022 | Region: Midland | Operating team: Andrew Porter and friends
Above: New Dalby is modelled in 'N' gauge by Andrew Porter. Jonathan Newton.
NEW DALBY is a fictitious replacement for the current, existing Railway Technical Centre (RTC) at Derby. Due to the RTC occupying prime land near the centre of Derby, the outfit has been uprooted and relocated to the former Asfordby Super-pit and Holwell Steel Works sites at the foot of the Old Dalby Test Track, near Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, with the former site being sold off for large scale residential development.
The layout represents a slice of a much larger complex which, all together, forms Network Rail’s new Rail Research and Testing Facility. The centre operates and maintains Network Rail’s fleet of measurement vehicles and also provides a certain degree of workforce development from this central location which also boasts its very own dedicated, 13.5 mile-long test track, allowing measurement vehicle calibration and testing to be carried out off-network and out of the way of revenue-earning flows.
The layout is built in ‘N’ gauge and measures 10ft x 2ft.
New Dalby featured in HM197 – on sale at the 2023 Great Electric Train Show.