Boston Sleeper Works. 'OO'
Research and planning started Jan.2015.
Proposed track plan for layout, 9ft x 2ft
Making a start on the baseboards. Showing a 4ftx2ft section.Using 4mm Beech ply. Strenghthening members are 2inch x 4mm Beech ply, the end plates are 9mm ply. It will stand on tressels used on other layouts.
Original plan was 2x boards only, revised plan is to extend to give a complete circle with fiddle yard at the rear, giving a total size of 12ft x 6ft.It will be designed to also be used with the two front baseboards only if required.
Cutting sleepers and attaching chairs
The only way is up
An original track plan of the works
Sentinal Y3 at Hall Hills
Baguley 2' 3'' narrow gauge diesel loco
Hall Hills near Boston 2015
Junction with the main line
Tea break time
9000 sleepers per week where produced at Hall Hills
Narrow gauge runs along the back of layout
20,000 sleepers !
BOSTON SLEEPER WORKS LAYOUT
Boston Sleeper Works ( Hall Hills Works ) was situated on the outskirts of Boston Lincolnshire. It was opened in 1904 by The Great Northern Railway for the production of wooden sleepers,telegraph poles and fence posts. It continued operating until concrete sleepers began to be used extensively in the 1950’s
Timber was imported into the port of Boston from Scandinavia, transferred by rail the few miles to Hall Hills, where it was first cut and stacked outside for seasoning.
Once the timber had been seasoned it was soaked in hot Creosote, then transported on a narrow gauge railway for storage in stacks.
When the sleepers are required, the chairs are bolted on, and loaded onto wagons for transport via the Boston to Lincoln line that ran alongside the works on the banks of the River Witham.
All track and points are ‘OO’ Peco code 100. Locomotives and wagons are Hornby or Bachman fitted with Kadee couplers.
The main works building is scratch built, with other buildings made from kits.
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Layout information for Exhibitions.
SCALE: ‘OO’ 4mm. ERA 1950’s
SIZE: Baseboard area 12ft x 7ft. viewing from front (12ft)
The layout is a circuit with operating area in the centre and storage tracks at the rear. Total floor area required 14ft x 12ft (14ft frontage)
Valuation for Insurance: £3500.00
Power requirement: 1x 220 v 13amp socket, Bacon sandwiches, tea & coffee.
Transport: Medium size van or two cars from South Lincolnshire.
Operators: 4. 1 x table required.
Contact: Graham Morfoot, Spalding Lincolnshire.
Tel. 07802688821 or 01775720580.
1906 map showing Hall Hills Works on the banks of the River Witham, North west of Boston.