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Ghylldale Railway

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Scale / Gauge: 009
Era: 1930s
Size: 3050mm x 610mm maximum plus 1500 mm deep operating
Type: Freelance Narrow Gauge set on the Yorkshire Coast
Transport used: Small van or 2 cars
Previous Exhibitions: Leipzig [
Narrow Gauge North
Description: GHYLLDALE

Ghylldale is an imaginary narrow gauge railway set on the Yorkshire Coast nestling beneath the North York Moors. Here the steep sided, sinuous valleys have been an obstacle to transport for centuries. Although standard gauge railways thread their way along Eskdale and Newtondale, some of the lesser known dales might well have been usefully served by the narrow gauge.

Let us imagine a small quay on the estuary of the River Rye. The little railway which serves it provides an outlet for timber, stone, wool and other produce. Inward goods are in the form of coal, fertiliser, fish and all the necessities of life which the scattered communities of Ghylldale cannot produce for themselves.

Ghylldale takes its name from the fictional village which appeared on the cover of “Dalesman” magazine for many years. I am indebted to the late Mr. Jos Armitage, (IONICUS) who painted those pictures, for allowing me to use the title.

The quayside was made using DAS modelling compound, spread thinly onto a base of MDF or thick card. Whilst the DAS was still soft, the paving cobbles and the quay wall were impressed using a piece of plastic strip and a small screwdriver.

The station trackplan has recently been extended to accommodate the Peco Lynton & Barnstaple coaches

Buildings, typical of the Yorkshire coast and moors are being added all the time. The “Birch Hall Inn” is a Bachmann replica of its namesake in Beckhole near Goathland. The “Central Stores” is based on a shop and cottages at Hutton-le-Hole. The low relief cottages behind the pub are a mirror image of “The Stocks” at Robin Hood’s Bay.

I am grateful to Darryl Foxwell who built the boats for allowing me to use them on the layout.

Most of the locomotives are based, some more loosely than others, upon prototypes built by famous Leeds engineers such as Manning Wardle, Hunslet Engine Co. and Hudswell Clarke.

The occasional visitor will appear from time to time. Amongst these, are models owned by other members of the 009 Society who attend exhibitions with me.
Layout Owner: John Varley
Owner Contact Name: John Varley
Owner contact email address: john.varley1@btinternet.com
Owner contact telephone: 0113 278 4081
Forthcoming exhibitions booked: Scotrail 2019
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