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Area Overview


Area Description

Derby PSB covers from Tamworth High Level in the West across to Clay Cross in the East as well as the lines to/from Trent via Spondon & Chellaston and the single branch to Matlock. It is also responsible for the goods lines towards Bardon Hill up to the fringe with Moria West. The simulation also covers Moria West box which handles the lines through to Bardon Hill including Mantle Lane TC.

The area houses depots at Derby and Barton Central Rivers as well as the Adtranz works at Litchurch lane and the Railway Technical Centre. It also has freight locations at Drakelow Power Station, Burton yards and Sinfin.


Derby PSB was opened in 1969 and is located south east of Derby station. It comprises a Westinghouse M2 panel with Westpac Mk III interlockings.

The station itself opened in 1844 by the Midland Railway. A comprehensive description can be found on Wikipedia .

Traffic movements

Passenger services in 2009

Derby in those days saw a clock face timetable across all the services. To summarise, every hour has:

  • 2x East Midlands Trains services from London St Pancras International, one of which continues to Sheffield. Usually a HST or a Meridian 222;
  • 4x Cross Country services, one between the south and the north east (using a mix of 220s and 221s), and two between Birmingham and Nottingham (one of which continues to Cardiff) using 170s.
  • 1x East Midlands Trains service Nottingham- Matlock.
  • 1x East Midlands Trains service Crewe- Derby.

Local services are mainly made up of train classes 153, 156 and 158.

The only services that terminate of note are:

  • East Midlands Trains: St Pancras - Derby (Mostly running to & from the depot)
  • East Midlands Trains: Crewe - Derby

Northern Rail operate one train a day in each direction between Sheffield and Nottingham via Derby for route knowledge purposes.

Barton Under Needwood (Barton Central Rivers) is Cross Country's depot from where Class 220 & 221 of both Cross County & West Coast head out to take up duty all over the country with several running via Alrewas.

Freight services in 2009

Most freight traffic operates straight through the area and consists of anything from Freightliners to Aggregates traffic.

Daily tanks also run to/from Sinfin and require numerous run rounds to get them where they are supposed to be.

Derby is also home to the Railway Technical Centre (RTC) which houses Network Rail's fleet of test trains, which can be seen frequently running to and from most parts of the country.

Adtranz also have a presence in the area and occasionally a newly built unit can be seen leaving heading to its new home.

Burton West Yard also handles a handful of container trains during the course of the day.

Most of the traffic between Bardon Hill & Burton had by this time stopped aside from a few trains into Mantle Lane TC to run round then to/from Bardon Hill Quarry. Drakelow Power Station and both Swains and Lounge Opencast mines had been closed down with part of the track into Drakelow being lifted.

Last edited by GeoffM on 15/09/2016 at 03:00