Grindley Brook in 'O' gauge

Gauge: 'O' | Period: 1954-1964 | Region: Midland | Operating team: Hillingdon Railway Modellers

Grindley Brook in 'O' gauge will be at Model World LIVE.

Above: Rebuilt 'Patriot' 4-6-0 45532 passes a Fowler '4MT' 2-6-4T at Grindley Brook.

Grindley Brook is an 'O' gauge finescale layout based on a fictional station set on the now closed ex-LNWR line between Whitchurch and Chester in Shropshire, in the period 1954 - 1964. There wasn’t a large station with a yard at Grindley Brook as we have modelled, just a wooden halt, however the location was chosen because it was where the railway crossed the Llangollen Canal.

The whole of the scenic area is scratch built from photos and plans of actual LNWR buildings, signals and infrastructure, which together creates a typical LNWR station of the early 1870s, updated by the LMS and, ultimately, passing into the ownership of BR. Being on the boundaries of the London Midland and Western Regions, the trains are predominantly LM but with a sprinkling of WR workings.

Grindley Brook in 'O' gauge will be at Model World LIVE.

Above: Stanier 'Black Five' 44778 thunders through Grindley Brook with a parcels train.

The scenic track is all hand-built from C&L components to the finer standards of 31.5mm gauge (0-MF), with the track layout being determined by the overall curve of the layout, which allows it to fit in place of one side of our 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, as per the prototype.

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