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Marcroft Wagon Works

Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Marcroft Wagon Works  

Marcroft Wagon Works in Radstock remained open until 1988 and changed little in appearance over the years. The layout is depicted after the reworking of the site in 1962, when the 4-road repair shed was extended. At this stage the through line to Frome had been closed but not lifted. All trains into Radstock GWR came from the Bristol direction as depicted in the model. In 1968 severe flood damage to the line at Pensford resulted in the Bristol connection being closed and the line to Frome being reopened.

All of the buildings are scratch-built from photographs and all of the stock used is fully detailed and weathered. The works shunters are depictions of those around the Radstock area, as Marcroft used a shunting tractor which proved impossible to build and motorise.


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