Posted on 07 January 2012. Tags: Bridge, model
Just some of the photographs taken by John Black at last years Model Railway
Exhibition 2010 at North Shields
These models are spot on. They bring back such memories.
Who built them?
How did they know such detail- particularly the passenger platform on the station?
Please get in touch.
Peter, I’ve only just seen your posting on my model of Fence Houses (I prefer the two word spelling!). I did a model of the station some 30 years ago, and over the last 8 years have been at it again with this one. See some of the work on my blog at http://2mmfencehousesmodels.blogspot.com/. Lately some friends have joined in to help me, and the first public outing was at the North Shields show last August. We have improved the model a lot since then, and if you want to see us, we will be at N.S. again 24/25th August 2013, at the Parks Liesure Centre.
I lived at Bournmoor from 1971 to 2005, and collected many photos of the station from the early 1900′s to closure in 1964. I’m pleased you like what we have achieved with the model. The best complement I received was from old Mr Oliver, who had lived all his life in Fence Houses, and when he saw my models, including the signal box, he had tears in his eys, and just commented “ee happy days”. The model has given me many happy days in it’s construction and operation at exhibitions. At 40ft x 9ft it is too big to erect at home in Chester-le-Street where I live now! Bob.
Thank You for posting these pictures- they certainly bring back memories, I thought it was the real thing at first! I lived on the Chester-le-Street side of the railway lines and attended Houghton Grammar School, very often we were saved from missing the bus to school by the gates closing and holding up the bus. Meanwhile we would run as fast as we could over the bridge to the bus stop at the bottom of Station Ave. lucky to have caught the bus when the gates opened! Happy days indeed!
Incredibly true to life! BTW- was your brother Ted Curran- he was in the same class as me Dubmire School, we started on the same day!
Yes, Ted is my elder brother. Where did you live in Fence Houses? Where are you living now?
I used to live at 85 Station Ave N, opposite Dubmire School and where the fish and chip shop is now. Then we moved to Ewe Hill Cottages before my father built a bungalow in Woodland Grange. I now live close to Portland, Oregon USA. I return to Fence Houses every year for a reunion with former dubmire classmates. BTW- how is Ted and where is he living?
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