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You may recall that I found this plan of a small urban goods yard in Brighton, and commented on its suitability for a model. (All maps from the National Library of Scotland site, under creative commons.)

Wandering around south London, I have come across a good number of other small yards.  My interest started as I noticed the number of north London railway companies – such as the Midland or LNWR – with coal yards south of the river.  Coal trains from the mining areas of the midlands and north were run south of the river to provide domestic and industrial coal – and smog.

I’ve presented a number of these yard below, mostly both as they were in 1900 and in 1950.  I think they provide some interesting yard layouts, though modelling them purely as a coal depot may lack a little operating interest, despite the interesting private owner wagons that could…

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