The area modelled is in the stone setts area of the streets around the old town docks in the owner’s birth town of Hull, East Yorkshire, in the early months of February 1939. The cloudy overcast added to the smoke and smog of a gloomy morning and the threat of war from the near continent give a heavy atmosphere to the busy dock scene.
The model is unusual in that it is laid out in an inverted ‘T’ shape, with trains not only running from end to end but also out to the rear of the model through the backscene in two places. This allows for an added dimension to the operation of the model, as trains can be swapped around between the cassettes in the 3 fiddle yards.
Trains are very short because they have been split apart in the larger yards to the west before being taken to the various quays and warehouses scattered around the docks. Speed on the tracks set in the road is limited to walking pace. So, by watching the locos haul trains slowly around the lines, the viewer has plenty of time to appreciate the detail on the layout.
More information on Trinity Dock Street Bridge can be found on the layout’s Facebook page.