Bowling Street Goods

Bowling Street Goods

My attempt to represent a small part of the sprawling Adolphus Street Goods complex of Bradford in the BR era. The layout was dreamt up when work all but stopped on Great Hotton and I began to consider a small shunting layout to tide me over. The layout was to be completely portable and on a single 4′ x 2′ scenic board and capable of fairly rapid construction. The layout has become an ongoing test bed for hand built track and experiments with scenic treatments.

Adolphus St - AerialAdolphus St - A Shed Interior '57 150dpi

Adolphus Street grew up as first the LB&HJR and then the GNR moved somewhat piecemeal into Bradford. Passenger stations, goods sheds and engine sheds were built and often re-tasked to other uses as bigger or better buildings were built closer to the city with the GNR eventually abandoning it’s Adolphus Street station and sharing the Exchange station with the L&YR from the 1870’s. The Adolphus Street train shed became a rather grand goods shed (known as ‘A’ shed), whilst the original LB&HJR engine shed became a stable block and the original GNR engine shed became a carriage shed when the adjacent Bradford Bowling MPD (aka Hammerton Street) was constructed. Purpose built goods sheds were the ‘B’ and ‘C’ wool warehouses and ‘F’ banana warehouse. This last was partially built-on and accessed from the original LB&HJR 2-road coal drops on Dryden Street.

Adolphus St - Dryden St Banana Warehouse (F Shed) destroyed by fire '58

Adolphus St - D Shed (GNR shed) crop

I elected to focus on the coal drops and the yard area behind them since it was nicely framed to the east by the banana warehouse and the stables and to the west by the grain shed, behind it all was an embankment carrying the original LB&HJR main line heading down to Adolphus Street train shed. In addition there are still some remains of the drops and the banana warehouse in-place.

A photographic and measurement survey of the remains was undertaken. This enabled a plan to be drawn up with some rationalisation, compression and artistic license. I envisaged that the buildings (which will be largely guess work since there are few close-up photographs) would be cut-down ‘bitsa’ versions helping to hide fiddle yard exits with the coal drops at the front and the incline at the rear to provide added interest. The ‘stables’ engine shed (in my plan it is reduced to a single road) is still in use as a goods shed.

Bowling Street Goods 1

Bowling Street Goods 7

A suitable fictitious name was chosen that would be synonymous with the area and so I came up with Bowling Street Goods.

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