I’m in the slow process of planning a successor to Phoenix Yard.
Having enjoyed the operation of the inglenook format, I want to stick to that. However, I do want to draw some scenic inspiration from the real railway.
Thinking about locations that had a simple lineside set of sidings, I remembered Micheldever Oil Terminal:
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I travelled past quite frequently in the 1990′s, and it seemed to be sporadically active. More recently it seems to be used for occasional storage of surplus stock.
The facility seems to be a large concrete bunker built into a chalky hillside. There is a handy photo at Geograph, which I’m using to understand the relationship of the concrete bunker to the surrounding chalk hillside.