Lob Ghyll – the Yorkshire Dale in ‘OO’

Lob Ghyll is the latest ‘OO’ gauge layout to be built by Tom Couling and is set in the Yorkshire Dales during the BR steam era.

Gauge: ‘OO’ | Period: 1950s-1960s | Region: Midland/North Eastern | Operating team: Tom Couling and friends

Lob Ghyll models the Yorkshire Dales in 'OO' gauge.
Lob Ghyll models the Yorkshire Dales in 'OO' gauge. Tom Couling.

Lob Ghyll was formed as the rushing torrent of a beck cut through the soft shale on its way to join the River Wharfe near Bolton Abbey in the Yorkshire Dales.

After many false hopes of a railway up Wharfedale, the Midland and the North Eastern railways decided jointly to build a line to Ilkley. Later the Midland wished to extend further to connect with the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway at Skipton and eventually to the Settle and Carlisle for a link with Scotland.

Lob Ghyll is the result, built to ‘OO’ gauge finescale and featuring scratchbuilt buildings and structures. It sets the scene for a rural outpost in the Yorkshire Dales in the BR steam era with a variety of rolling stock in attendance.