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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner

Peter Cullen OO+OO9 gauge 4mm scale

When the GWR extended its Leominster to Kington branch further on to New Radnor, the new railway ran for a distance parallel to the old horse drawn tramway to Hergest Ridge. The tramway was upgraded to a steam powered narrow gauge line initially using a variety of locomotives but subsequently was able to make use of the ex-Glyn Valley Tramway locomotives which were purchased from the official receiver in 1935 and re-gauged to 2 feet 3 inch.

The GWR were persuaded to construct a small station at Hergest to allow a secondary interchange between the standard and narrow gauges. As well as servicing facilities at Hergest, the narrow gauge railway provided the local community with a means of transporting incoming coal and outgoing stone and local foodstuffs.

The layout is set in Autumn of 1947, a surfeit of ex-army road vehicles and the return to civilian life of men seeking work would lead to the closure of both the narrow gauge and standard gauge railways within five years.


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