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Yate Rocks Tramway

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Yate Rocks Tramway  
Colin James OO9 gauge 4mm scale
now extended

Tramway, near Rangeworthy, Gloucestershire.

In the late 19th century there was a tramway, probably horse drawn and about three foot gauge, that linked two limestone quarries just north of the east end of Tan House Lane with some limekilns alongside the Midland Main line just south of where the existing Limekiln Lane crosses the railway line. The tramway continued to serve the limekilns until 1925 before being closed and dismantled. However the route is still easily discernible across the fields and on Google Earth. As I have yet to establish if it had a name, I have created a name for it, the Yate Rocks Tramway.

Yate Rocks Tramway

Yate Rocks Tramway, a 009 scale layout, takes the former tramway as its basis. It is set in circa 1950 (to enable the presence of a Bedford OB Bus) and is now a steam and diesel hauled 2 foot 3 inches gauge mineral light railway bringing limestone from the quarry to a stone processing works connected to the British Railways Bristol to Gloucester line (the former Midland Railway/LMS route) via an exchange siding. The works has recently been extended and features a passing loop, a new exchange siding and a timber yard. There are also the remains of two of the old limekilns. The buildings on the layout are mainly from the area, the idea being to create an image of part of the quarrying history of the area as it might have been in circa 1950, the year the last coalmine in the Yate area closed. The Tramway has a selection of wagons some full, some empty; whilst the locomotives are mainly by Paul Windle and Minitrains.

 












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