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Cumberland Mineral Railway

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Cumberland Mineral Railway  
Peter Bailey O-16.5 gauge 7mm scale

The Cumberland Mineral Railway follows a very popular and practical format for narrow-gauge layouts; it is built to 7mm scale and uses 00 gauge track. Although it is fully operable and scenically well developed, there are still things to be done to it before it can be called truly complete.

I have avoided the temptation to include models of actual prototypes, although similarities will be seen to locomotives and stock which appeared in manufacturers' catalogues over the years and might have realistically appeared on a small railway which did not have the resources to design and build things for itself.

Imagine this small railway to be situated in a quiet area of the northern Lake District, transporting slate, coppiced timber and bobbins from the mill, a limited amount of general merchandise and passengers from Millbeck in Bannerdale to a junction with the mainline at Greystoke. Bannerdale really exists but you will struggle to find it on a map. Perhaps the flooding of the valley to create Bannermere Reservoir, a few years after the period the model represents, is partly responsible for that.


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