An ACE Trains A3 and other makes, TCS, Narborough Road -
On 1st April 1299, king Edward I granted a charter to the new town of Kingston-
Ravensrodd seems to have become established sometime around 1235, judging by a document
of c.1275 which states “…forty years ago and more, by the casting up of the sea,
sand and stones accumulated, on which accumulation William de Fortibus, then Earl
of Albemarl, began to build a certain town which is called Ravenserodd…”. The town
flourished. From 1295 it was represented in Parliament, and in 1299, of course, it
received its royal charter, the text of which is preserved in the archives:-
“Edward, by the grace of God king of England, lord of Ireland and duke of Aquitaine, to the archbishops, bishops, abbots, priors, earls, barons, justices, sheriffs, provosts, ministers, and to all his bailiffs and faithful subjects, greeting. Be it known that, for the improvement of our town of Raveneserode, and for the utility and profit of our men of that town, we will and grant for us and our heirs, that our town aforesaid from henceforth shall be a free borough…”
The charter went on to detail the new rights and privileges of the town, including
the right to hold weekly markets (on Tuesdays and Sundays) and an annual fair to
commence on 7th September and last for 30 days. However, nature was soon to make
a mockery of those rights. Sometime around 1335 the fickle currents of the Humber
estuary that had created the shingle bank Ravensrodd was built on shifted again,
leaving the town increasingly exposed. The chronicler of nearby Meaux Abbey conjures
up an apocalyptic scene:-
“…those floods and inundations of the sea…increasing in their accustomed way without limit fifteenfold…and sometimes exceeding beyond measure the height of the town, and surrounding it like a wall on every side, threatened the final destruction of that town. And so, with this terrible vision of waters seen on every side, the enclosed persons, with the reliques, crosses, and other ecclesiastical ornaments, which remained secretly in their possession, and accompanied by the viaticum of the body of Christ in the hands of the priest, flocking together, mournfully imploring grace, warded off at that time their destruction.”
An inquiry in 1346 found that two thirds of the town had been washed away, and a
final documentary reference from 1355 makes it clear the site was being abandoned.
The final remains would have been swept away soon afterwards and to-
“…that town of Ravenserre Odd, in the parish of the said church of Esyngton, was
an exceedingly famous borough, devoted to merchandise, as well as many fisheries,
most abundantly furnished with ships and burgesses amongst the boroughs of that sea
coast. But yet, with all inferior places, and chiefly by wrong-
For our purposes, though, Ravensrodd avoided its watery end, and is still a prosperous
sea port, served by the LNER, whose main line passes through Ravensrodd Central,
near the port, on its way to its final destination at Ravensrodd Terminus (those
with some knowledge of the railways of Southampton may find this bit strangely familiar!).
We hope that those long dead burgesses of Ravensrodd, whose hard-
Ravensrodd Central was originally intended as a British Railways (North Eastern Region)
layout, to provide a vehicle for the ACE Trains E/13 & E/14 A1 & A2 Peppercorn Pacifics.
In reality, I believe the B1s were far more common in the Hull area, but these were
also included in the ACE programme, as their intended E/15. In the event, however,
all of these models, together with further LNER types that may have been useful,
like the J11 (E/5) and G5 (E/25), have, for a variety of reasons, been postponed
if not cancelled. Therefore, at least for the moment, it can only be done as an LNER
layout, using locomotives and stock from a wide range of manufacturers, vintage and
modern, in which form it made its first -
The station itself uses three ACE Trains canopy sets, with modern Bassett-
This layout would occupy approximately 10’ x 20’.
We don’t feel this particular layout would work well in a smaller area.