Over the year many modelers have been attracted by the idea of a light railway running westwards from Ludlow across the beautiful landscape of the Welsh borders towards Bringewood Chase, and Clun.
Geoff's recent posts on the village end of Llangunllo reminded me of Iain Rice's plan based on Clun, and his Bringewood Chase layout.
Many year before though, in 1969, the RM featured another layout based on the area, J.E. Tennant's Clun Valley Tramway.
By today's standards this was crude OOn3 modelling with hacked about Triang Jinty chassis under most of the locos, but some of the buildings had real character. More to the point there was something very believable about the track plan and the way stock was distributed around the yard. This one photo "Redlake drifts slowly down the yard at Hopton Heath on a summer afternoon" sums up the sort of atmosphere I've always wanted to create one day.
Of course in those days I didn't know anything about the Irish narrow gauge lines that provided the prototypes for the models. After all I was only six at the time.
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