Newton Grove 19F

Newton Grove 19F

GAUGE: ‘O’, 32mm SCALE: 7mm: 1ft SIZE: 9ft x 18in REGION: MIDLAND PERIOD: 1960s CONTROL: DCC

Above: Stanier ‘Black Five’ 44871 and ‘8F’ 48773 raise steam at Newton Grove, rekindling the final years of steam in the North West.

A visit to a friend’s ‘O’ gauge layout was all the inspiration JONATHAN NEWTON needed to switch scales and start a new collection. Newton Grove shed is the result – a compact portrayal of the final years of steam in the North West.

Above: Viewed across the road bridge, the yard at Newton Grove is full of life including locomotives raising steam, figures going about their business, barrows, sleepers, brake blocks and more.

DO YOU SEE ROSE GROVE in these photographs? Perhaps you see shades of another MPD as so many of them shared similar shed designs? It’s not hard to imagine yourself standing there between the shed roads or looking from the coaling plant, camera in hand, recording the last few years of main line steam in Britain. That has been my inspiration and my greatest achievement. So, let me tell you how it all came about and how it grew into what it is today.

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