Welcome everyone to the beginning of my Narrow Gauge adventure!!! I have been planning this for quite some time, and as I now seem to have some stock building up I thought it was time to give it it's own thread.
So let's start with a little backstory into the NC&GLR:
In November 1898 an application was made by; Charles Henry Corbett Esq., Albert Turner (Timber Merchant), and Edward Geoffrey Ramsbotham Esq. for a railway running from the LB&SCR line at Groombridge to the village of Nutley, with several intermediate stations on the way.
The line was primarily to be used for transporting timber from the Ashdown Forest. However come 1899 it was obvious that the scheme would fail, not only because of objections from landowners and groups trying to protect the forest, but also because of the terrain that the route was planned over, including gradients that would have been very hard for locomotives to overcome.
Luckily this is where Sir Jon Melbourne III, 2nd Baronet of Oak Hill stepped in. Sir Jon had always wished that his father had not sold the Oak Hill Railway, and so seeing his chance to get one of his own he came to the rescue of the quickly failing NC&GLR plan.
He remembered his trip to Traeth Mawr in 1895, and the “small railways” he had seen there. He suggested to the promoters that what they needed was a narrow gauge line, this would allow them to alter the route to avoid “troublesome” land owners, and he said “if they can manage Wales then the gradients here will be nothing!”
Sir Jon was quickly welcomed into the scheme, and he organised at his own expense a trip to Wales to view the narrow gauge lines there. The promoters were convinced that this was the way to go. A new route was planned based on a track gauge of 2’3” avoiding the landowners that had objected before. This was submitted to parliament in 1899, and with the landowners objections removed the plan was accepted, and powers granted to the NC&GLR to begin construction on their new line.
So far I have not begun proper planning of the layout, however I have a space of 54" x 35" to work with. I am hoping to get both a running line that can have passenger trains running on and a small shunting puzzle, an interchange with standard gauge would be nice, but is not essential.
So far I have got 3 locos for the line, 2 of which have been seen at some point over on Oak Hill.
The first of these is Skarloey:
The plan for this engine is for it's face to be replaces with a smokebox door, and for it to be converted into it's early open cab type, and a repaint into NC&GLR livery. The loco was acquired second hand by the NC&GLR and as such is the oldest loco on the line having been originally constructed in 1865. This will primarily be a goods engine
The second is the 0-6-0ST built from an Airfix Pug with a Graham Farish Castle chassis:
There is clearly still a lot of work to do on this loco, and I will get around to it eventually. This loco was built new for the lines opening, and is used on secondary passenger services.
The third loco of the line, and the primary passenger loco is a Small England, built for the line
to designed acquired from the Festiniog Railway based on a loco seen on the Twll Du during the trip in 1899:
This loco has been my project for the last week and will be the subject of it's own post in the future, I have a chassis for the tender and just need to get an outside cylinder 0-4-0 chassis for the loco. Hopefully I will be able to get one of these quite cheap. The blue seen on this is to be the livery of the NC&GLR I am planning on lining with LNER white-black-white style lining, which I assume I can get from Fox Transfers. Each loco will also have a name, number, and the company initials on them somewhere.
I currently have only 2 bits of 009 stock these are both from the Peco range.
The first is a goods van:
and the second is an bogie open:
I hope to add a lot more stock to this in the hear future, and hopefully some bolsters for carrying timber since that is what the line's primary traffic will be.
That just about covers everything for now. I hope you have enjoyed reading, and I look forward to bringing you updates at some point in the future.
Thanks for looking,
Edited by BlueLightning, 15 June 2018 - 12:49 .