PREVIOUS PROJECTSGroundframe etc. for Skibeden
Skibeden is a siding part way along the line which used to be a run-round loop. The old groundframe used LNWR pattern levers in a wooden structure which has rotted away! These levers were required for Bolton Abbey's new groundframe, and with the recent acquisition of some Midland Railway frame castings (with 6" pitch) we decided to build up a 2 lever groundframe, using levers we had in stock. At the same time, we decided to make use of the Midland Railway economic lock in place of the worn facing point lock that was fitted. The photos show the economic lock being installed in place of the old arrangement. This was left fastened out of use until the groundframe itself can be commissioned.
The groundframe has now been built up, dismantled, transprted to Skibeden by train, reassembled and has now been completed. Although it has two levers, only one is used (painted black) for the Economic Lock. It is called economic as it only uses one lever to operate the points AND lock them. The lever is released by an Annetts lock which is unlocked by the staff. The spare lever is painted white...and does NOTHING!