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Elmfield

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Elmfield  
David Westwood N gauge 2mm scale

Elmfield is a small town in north Worcestershire on the edge of the Black Country, which kept itself very much to itself until coal was discovered in the early 19th century. It was then dragged, kicking and screaming, into the industrial revolution by the arrival first of the canal and then by the railway in the 1880ís by way of a branch from the Oxford, Worcester and Wolverhampton at Stourbridge Junction. The coal ran out in the 1920ís, but by then large deposits of fireclay had been found, and the production of firebricks and pipes had become the main industry.

The model depicts the station and exchange sidings in the early 1960ís before the Beeching axe removed the passenger services in 1964. The use of firebricks and clay pipes was also in severe decline and goods traffic ceased completely on the closure of the works in 1967.

 




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