LNWR trap point practice

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John Brouwer
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LNWR trap point practice

Post by John Brouwer » Sat Jul 11, 2020 2:09 am

I am working on (at last!) the final stage of track on an LNWR based model layout with track as was at Castlethorpe.
None of the photos I have show the arrangement of the trap point at the south end.
How would/could it have ended ? Did the LNWR use sand drags? I have seen a simple trap where the wagons would just run onto sleepers and also a siding with buffer stop but not a drag. My feeling is that a drag would cause the least damage/disruption to running lines. The north end had a proper siding .
Any suggestions?

John Brouwer

Signalman70
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Re: LNWR trap point practice

Post by Signalman70 » Sat Jul 18, 2020 11:44 am

The 1900 25inch map appears to show a short "Safety Siding" at the south end of Castlethorpe - https://maps.nls.uk/view/114480968

I cannot recall seeing any layouts with sand drags at L&NW 'boxes, headshunts, short sidings or throw offs seemed standard according to local constraints.

I do recall at lever plate at Elmsthorpe lettered "Safty Siding" [sic] for the up refuge siding traps.

Dave Blower

John Brouwer
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Re: LNWR trap point practice

Post by John Brouwer » Wed Jul 22, 2020 3:16 am

Thanks David,

Yes that confirms what I thought. I have that map and have allowed for a short siding. I will furnish it with a buffer stop.

John Brouwer

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