Eastwood was a station between Todmorden and Hebden Bridge built by the Manchester and Leeds Railway, later to become the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway. This was part of the Calder Valley Main Line from Manchester to Normanton. The station opened in 1841 but closed in 1951. The line is still in use and although some traces of the station remain, little now exists
The station was built on the original site of Eastwood Chapel, but little evidence of its existence remains. In its heyday it was a busy place with local and long distant trains stopping. Many people used the station to commute to factories in Rochdale and further afield to Manchester.
The station is on a double track mainline with staggered platforms. It had a small yard with trailing connections from both up and down lines. It also had sidings to a small mill and a loop serving coal drops which we believe met both domestic and industrial demand for coal. Behind the coal drops, the scene is dominated by Cockden Mill (known locally as Dan Crabtree’s). It was a mixed mill covering most of the textile processes, but especially dyeing.
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The layout represents Eastwood as it was shortly after the Great War although there are plans to also operate the layout in BR period. This will require a little bit of modellers’ license since the station closed in 1951. We will need to provide alternative items to replace some obviously out of period features, for instance an alternative BR period Signal Box.
The layout consists of five scenic baseboards (20 feet overall), three of which (covering the station buildings, up platform and goods yard) are pretty much complete. The remaining two boards which include the down platform, coal drops and Cockden Mill are operational but in a very early stage of scenic development.
All the layout baseboards are now built and track in the extensive fiddleyard is currently being laid. We hope to be able to run trains round a complete circuit soon.
Scenic work on the two remaining scenic baseboards is progressing, including the coal drops, the second platform and additional signalling.
Exhibition Managers Notes
Space requirements: Overall Footprint 32ft by 6ft. The Overall length of the layout is 32ft including Fiddle Yards.
A space of at least 4ft behind the layout is preferable coupled with the provision of a table for stock maintenance
The layout has its own lighting. Track height is approximately 4ft.
Insurance Valuation £22,000
The layout normally needs 6 operators and travels in a hired van and one car.
Tel: 01329 315641
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