Carlisle Canal

Carlisle Canal was the former North British engine shed in Carlisle, coded 12C under nationalisation. The layout is set in LNER days, where the shed served the Waverly route up to Edinburgh, and Eastern region routes across to Newcastle.

The layout is around 10ft x 2ft, and features the large coaling tower, ash sidings, and a roundhouse/long-shed combination. It is, as any shed based layout, intended mainly for the display of locomotives.  The layout is being built primarily for DCC operation. Construction started in mid-2017.

The track is laid and the electrics are mostly complete. The 14 road turntable has been installed inside a wonderful shed laser cut by a club member. The turntable is controlled an Arduino and stepper motor combination which offers ‘twist and click’ selection of roads. Ballasting – a major job on any shed layout – started just before ‘lockdown’… 

Layout pictures