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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Harvey Whitmore OO gauge 4mm scale

Windrush is a rural layout based on Cotswold life in the fifties.

Remember the poem "Adelstrop" by Edward Thomas, where a GWR trains stopped unexpectedly, the quiet of the Cotswolds descended and only the sounds of birds singing were heard?

Windrush has that same landscape and little has changed over the years. During the early years of nationalisation, life still goes on peacefully and quietly, punctuated by trains and the occasional aeroplane drone from the nearby RAF trainingstation a few miles away.

A plan once existed to connect the Cotswold town of Northleach by rail, with Andoversford to its west and Burford to its East. We have imagined that this proposal was achieved and constructed. Windrush has thus become a small branch line from these plans, with a junction at nearby Sherborne. Passenger services to Andoversford via Sherborne Junction and to Northleach can be seen and the majority of general merchandise including livestock and parcels are still carried by rail in both easterly and westerly directions.

The locomotives and rolling stock typify the early aspirations of B.R. with motive power supplied mainly from the Gloucester depots 22B (LMR) and 85B (B.R.W.) on view, with the occasional "borrowed" type. Primarily, this is a "blue disc" route, which allows a reasonably wide selection of preŚwar locomotives from those sources.


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