TRENT to DERBY
So we are about to commence our 7th year of design of the Trent Interchange Route. I believe this will be our final year of development as we turn the corner from Chaddesden Sidings onto the main Sheffield line and the approach into Derby Midland Station.
Everything south of Derby North Junction at present is in its 'skeletal' state. First we cross the River Derwent before the rails start to span outwards in a fan like shape to accommodate the platforms and runaround lines at Derby.
The view in the screenshot below show the rails crossing the river. One bridge is on order!
The station was renamed Derby Midland Station on 25 September 1950. It was extensively rebuilt between 1952 and 1954 using pre-stressed concrete. The cost of the modernisation plan was £200,000 (equivalent to £5,190,000 in 2015). The station signal box was also rebuilt, described by the staff as 'a cupboard under the stairs'.
From 6 May 1968, the station was renamed Derby on timetables and platforms, though the full name of Derby Midland Station was retained on the station's main sign. Even today, the fuller name is sometimes used,
With the advent of power signalling in 1969, the signal box and the crossovers disappeared, and the tracks approaching the station were relaid to allow trains from any direction to enter or leave any platform. The original Midland Counties Railway route from the north end of the station to Spondon Junction via Chaddesden sidings was closed as part of this work (trains travelling between Nottingham & stations towards Birmingham must reverse at the station).
As our route is based in the mid 1960's era we shall do our best to stick to the layout of the station schematic above, complete with sidings, crossovers, warts and all. This can however be a challenge as the signalling capabilities within the TS2017 program are rather limited. I will leave you with some classic views of Derby Station which will give you an idea of this year's goal.