Stodmarsh by the Gauge O Guild

Gauge: 'O' | Period: 1943 | Region: Southern | Operating Team: The Gauge O Guild

Stodmarsh by the Gauge O Guild

Stodmarsh combines railway modelling with a military theme by recreating the East Kent Railway in southern England during the Second World War. 

This 'O' gauge, 7mm:1ft scale, layout is based on a proposed but never completed extension to the East Kent Railway. Owned by Colonel Stephens, the proposed line would have run from Wingham to Canterbury West via Stodmarsh, a distance of some seven and a half miles. Construction began at Wingham in 1919, but in 1931 owing to the General Strike, followed by the Depression and the untimely death of the Colonel, work on the line was cancelled.

Our fictional history sees that construction of the line terminated at Stodmarsh due to financial pressures and a decline in both goods and passenger transport. The Southern Railway closed the line in 1940, but was forced to reopen it three years later to help with the war effort during the preparation for D-Day. It was used to transport men, munitions and machinery to the south coast embarkation ports.

Stodmarsh by the Gauge O Guild

You join us on a day of total chaos. The British and American Forces are on maneuvers. The local residents are running for cover as the Luftwaffe have dropped some incendiary bombs. The National Fire Service have just managed to extinguish the grass fire caused by the incendiary whilst Captain Mainwarings Home Guard have captured a shot down German airman. Occasionally during the melee you should see a train working in the station.

We hope you enjoy our creation which was extended to 12ft by Kevin Cartwright during 2020. The layout is displayed at Model World LIVE with the Gauge O Guild which will also have a Guild stand and demonstrations of 'O' gauge modelling alongside the layout.

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