MARTIN SMITHS "NEW LINE" IN MARKFIELD

Martin's new line is set in a fairly small garden, and twists and turns on itself many times in climbing over FIVE FEET from lowest to highest level. Describing (and driving) this line is probably the hardest job I've had to do, but I'll do my best to explain. We'll start off at the lowest level, at one of the steaming sidings..........

............ from where the line goes to a triangular junction. The Convention says you turn left here........

........ and run through this narrow cutting............

........onto what might be called The Lower Middle Level.

From here, the line continues to climb, looping back on itself,.............

.......... until it reaches The Upper Middle Level, where locos pause to raise more steam for the final climb..................

......... to the summit of the line - the green bridge.

Having descended through The Upper Middle Level...........

........... trains pass over more bridges and round more loops............

......... before passing the junctions for The Other Steaming Area and arriving back at the triangular junction where we started!

Martins "thing" (apart from gradients) is to use lever frames to operate most of the points. This is all very well if you know the line (or put lever diagrams out, which tell you which lever works which point) but if you don't know...................

......... you can end up with a train trying to go into Martin's own steaming and stock storage lines in the garage!

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