The next exhibition SDEG are attending will be:-
Model Rail Scotland :- SEC Campus Glasgow, 21st/22nd/23rd of February
Opening times :-
Friday 10:30 - 6:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:30 - 5:00
The layout attending will be Graeme Moyes' O gauge layout Dalnottar Riverside
Dalnottar Riverside is the reincarnation of a layout originally built by Ian Futters. It was extensively rebuilt and modified by Chris Nevard for a series of articles in ‘Model Rail’ magazine in December 2014. After repatriation to Scotland, the layout was completely rewired to DCC operation in 2015
Dalnottar is located on the north bank of the River Clyde near Kilpatrick between Dalmuir and Bowling. There were two railways through this area linking Glasgow with Dumbarton. The line still in use today was built by the North British Railway Company. The other line, built by the Caledonian Railway, was closed after becoming a victim of the ‘Beeching’ Act in the late 1960s. The word ‘Riverside’ was added to the line’s Caley stations by British Rail in order to distinguish them from the North British stations. The 'Riverside' line remained as a single line stump from Clydebank via Dalmuir to Dalnottar to serve local industries there. Shell Oil had a fuel terminal at Dalnottar, located at the end of the line. Other customers on the line were Chivas Regal, Arnott Young (shipbreakers). A coal yard was also situated on the line.
The layout is set within the Summer of 1979 with the premise being that during this time, the line still saw the regular use of short-formed passenger trains and DMUs serving Glasgow and Dumbarton along with a multitude of mixed-raked freight trains serving the various industries on the line.
The fuelling point at Dalnottar Riverside was often used to fuel and service locomotives using the Shell Oil Terminal but the fuelling point was primarily used to fuel and service the many locomotives using the nearby Stabling Point at Yoker each day. Even Eastfield depot would send locomotives there to be serviced prior to working their North Glasgow freight trip jobs such as ‘N33’ or ‘N34’. The Oil Terminal class 08 ‘pilot’ locomotive would also use the fuelling point on a daily basis until being ‘swapped out’ by another of the class from Yoker or Eastfield on a weekly basis.