Features: Grindley Brook, 'O', 1960s
Published 24 September 2019, 10:53
This continuous run ‘O’ gauge layout is presented by the Hillingdon Railway Modellers.
It is based on a fictional station set on the ex-London and North Western Railway (LNWR) line between Whitchurch and Chester in Shropshire. Although there was never a large station with a yard at Grindley Brook, the location was chosen as the point at which the railway crossed the Llangollen Canal. Only later did we discover that the LMS had opened a halt at this location in 1937. The scenic area features scratch buildings, signals and infrastructure. These have been brought together to create a typical LNWR station of the early 1870s, updated by the LMS and, ultimately, passed into BR ownership.
The trains are formed of LMR stock with a sprinkling of WR workings. The track is hand-built from C&L components to the finer standard of 31.5mm gauge (0-MF). The track layout was determined by the overall curve of the layout, which allows it to fit in place on one side of the club’s test track. Control is exercised by the signalman, using a miniature lever frame with full mechanical interlocking, requiring the drivers to follow the signal indications.
Grindley Brook featured in HM148.