Now, just to avoid any confusion from the off, this is not Tucking Mill viaduct on the SDJR but is, or rather would have been, just a few hundred yards away next to the mill and the canal in the valley below the viaduct - anyone who knows this stunningly beautiful area around Bath will know what I mean. I am building Tucking Mill viaduct but this is a permanent part of my home layout which will evenualy feature Bath Queen Square and runs around my workshop.
The Tucking Mill which will form the subject of this thread is the terminus of the North Somerset Light Railway, conceived in 1902, opened in 1905 under the Light Railway Act and closed in the mid 1950's when the last of the mines that were its main source of traffic closed.
I will not elaborate further here on the history of the line because I haven't made it all up yet, suffice to say that Mike Arlett's book, 'The Railways of Midford', outlines a variety of schemes that were put forward in the early years of the 20th century to build a line up the Cam Valley to tap the potential traffic, principaly coal. What was eventualy built was the Camerton and Limpley Stoke line, made famous by the Titfield Thunderbolt, but one of the schemes offers the intruiging possibility of a line, essentialy following the same route, but with a terminus at Tucking Mill and a short spur to some exchange sidings on the SDJ at Midford. These exchange sidings will feature on my home layout and the little terminus will be my new exhibition layout and the subject of this thread.
The terminus is situated next to the mill which gives the layout and viaduct its name and adjacent to the Somerset Coal Canal whose traffic it would take. As well as Fullers earth from the mill (more about tucking and fulling in a later post), traffic would include timber from the heavily wooded surrounding valleys, much of which would be sent up the line as pit props and high quality cut limestone for building work from the quarries up on Combe Down which had originaly come down, via a tramway, to a wharf by the canal but now goes out by rail.
I will leave this opening post with a couple of pictures to give a flavour of what is to come but will add more details, particularly as the panic of the novemember deadline sets in!!
Tucking Mill viaduct in the workshop, the NSLR exchange sidings are to the left.
The new layout will feature a passenger service!
The layouts only exhibition outing to date, Camrail 2011. My good friend John Greenwood flanked by the Grand brothers. I think the scenics may need a bit of work before Warley!
Location, location, location. The terminus essentialy sits where the trees are in the centre of the picture. The mill buildings, now demolished, are immediately to the right of the photographer next to the cottage with the former canal and wharf to the left of the fence.
Here I am stood pretty much on the site of the small engine shed, the station is behind me, the branch and canal follow the line of trees to the left of the lane.
Edited by queensquare, 14 February 2012 - 12:15 .