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Sleeper Depot Film

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:31 am
by ijopson
One of my old school mates has used facebook to put up a short British Pathe film of the old GNR/LNER sleeper depot at Hall Hills in Boston, Lincolnshire. It is very interesting to see the mixed standard and narrow gauge trackwork (some of it very complex), as well as the processes of production and manufacture. Anyone wanting to model a scene like this will need a lot of strip wood!
The link is :- ... ncolnshire

I must admit, I remember the disastrous fire there in the early 1960s, as I was one of the many watching it from across the river Witham, and we could feel the heat from there. A quick satellite Google earth will show the site as it is now. Only the main workshop building remains, though it was a car repair shop last time I saw it.

Re: Sleeper Depot Film

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 2:47 pm
by rue_d_etropal
interesting,but need to freeze frame to pick up detail. is that staircase just sleepers(presumbly longer) slotted into pile of sleepers.

Re: Sleeper Depot Film

Posted: Sun Jul 31, 2016 7:36 pm
by Steve Holland
Health and Safety in action 1930's style! :shock: Who needs handrails - if you fell off the stack it was your fault for not being careful. Thank goodness we have (hopefully) eliminated those sorts of attitudes from the workplace now.
I guess that the stairs are just normal length sleepers cantilevered out from the stacks as they were built. Having mauled a few sleepers about I can verify that they are *&^%$* heavy so keeping the stairs in place would be no problem, they would just have to be very careful when dismantling a stack to send the sleepers out for a re-laying job. Hope that they were good at Jenga :D