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Description based on material supplied by the layout owner
The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Railway opened from Weston to Clevedon as a tramway in 1897, converted to a ‘Light Railway’ in 1899 and extended to Portishead in 1907. It allowed local residents travel between the towns without need for lengthy inland detours via the Great Western Railway. It imported coal for merchants and gas works and exported a considerable amount of limestone from quarries in the Gordano Valley.
In financial difficulties from the beginning, ‘Colonel’ H F Stephens was appointed General Manager in 1911 but despite returning occasional profits, the fortunes of the line steadily declined and the last train ran on 18 May 1940.
The WC&PR’s rolling stock was typically run down, second hand equipment, bought cheaply from other railways, some of which were also run by Col Stephens.
The layout is a virtually dead scale representation of the railway’s Clevedon headquarters as it was in the mid 1930s and includes the station, sheds and offices in Lower Queens Road. There were no public goods facilities at the station, these being located at Parnell Road.
Nothing now remains. Stock is a mixture of kit built and scratch built items which you may have seen on my previous layout of the Weston Ashcombe Road Terminus.
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