Passage Lane TMD is a fictitious layout based on modern day diesel depots in eastern England. There is ample space for many locomotives and a mixture of operators can be seen visiting the maintenance shed, fuelling bays or for overnight stabling.
As the fuelling bays need diesel, a class 08 is often seen taking a diesel tanker to fill the tanks up. Freight is also moved into position by the shunter for its bigger counterparts to collect.
Under the glare of the yard’s tower lights, class 60’s, 66’s and 68’s are frequently seen pulling into and out of the yard and the air is often filled with a 66 whine or the air tick of a stabled locomotive.
Occasionally vintage locomotives visit for overnight stabling and refuelling, departing for their charter trains the next day.
A yard with a hive of activity with the yard manager’s men working hard on new developments.
Size: 12ft x 18 inches plus room to operate from behind
Power: 1 socket
Expenses: Fuel for 2 vehicles or van hire if over 40 miles. Overnight accommodation if more than 1 ½ hours away.
Robert Potter and Charlotte Saunderson