Greystones

Mr WH Jubb's Model Railway in Sheffield


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In the years before the Great War Mr WH Jubb was a keen hobbyist who wrote frequently to Henry Greenly's 'Models, Railways and Locomotives' about his locomotives and his indoor Gauge 2 model railway, "Greystones". It seems amazing to us now that it was possible to fit a Gauge 2 layout in a modestly sized attic room, but Mr Jubb was able to do this and the articles reproduced here describe the result.



In these pictures we see Mr Jubb's first Atlantic locomotive. This is not the locomotive described in these pages, which came later. It's not known why Mr Jubb chose to build two similar models, unless of course the second one was built for sale. The second model certainly ran on Greystones because the picture of it in MR&L shows it at the 'Ferndale' station.



Here, Mr Jubb describes the steam generating plant that he uses to power the electric portion of his line. (No mains electricity in 1911!).
He also describes an electric locomotive, although this might have been short lived since he describes using part of it in a steam loco later in the year.



Mr Jubb's automatic speed regulator was sorely needed as the Atlantic will race away on a level track and is very difficult to catch!





At the conclusion of this episode, Mr Jubb describes the method of coupling engine and tender using only the meths feed pipe. The absence of a tender coupling was a considerable puzzle when the model was first discovered, especially since the feed pipe was missing. Today, without any alteration to the original engine, a substantial coupling has been fitted to avoid the risk of the feed pipe coming loose in traffic and turning the locomotive into a miniature flame thrower!

In the next article, he describes a regulator extension to ease control of the frisky Atlantic. No trace of this arrangement can be found in the surviving model, suggesting that he did not persist with it. What Mr Jubb would have given for today's miniature radio control!



And finally, here is the timetable used to operate the trains at 'Greystones'. His use of a modified watch to speed up the timings has resonances with many modern model railways, where similar techniques are used at exhibitions to keep the public entertained. Mr Jubb was a pioneer in more ways than one!



These pages describe a window into a lost past, and we are immensely fortunate to have them. I hope you have enjoyed reading about 'Greystones' as much as I did when I first came across it!

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