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