Saturday, 26 April 2014

An Update? Surely not Mr Sanders?

So over 2 years later and where are we at? Well real life has got in the way, I've finished Uni, got engaged and got a career. Finding time, energy, or space to do any modelling has been difficult. I spent a large amount of the last 9 months living in B&B's and have only recently got my own digs. York MRE happened last weekend and as predicted the modelling itch is making is usual Easter time appearance. Having it pointed out to me that it was nearly 8 years ago that my layout, The BVR, was first exhibited, and that for the last 4 years my productivity has been "sporadic" at best has helped me set my mind on sorting out all the various projects and actually finishing some off, and creating a new layout for exhibition.

First though... an update on the "River Halt" board I was building. I'll let the photos do the talking, but we're mostly there, just some detailing to do now, but even this is 9 months or so with nothing happening.

Wednesday, 11 April 2012

Modelling starts.

Just a teaser of things to come... Yesterday I decided to do some modelling
Well 12 hours of work later, this is where I am at. More to come later.

Friday, 24 June 2011

Some reasons.

"Yet another new line idea Mr Sanders??" Well, yeesh.... but for good reason. As has been seen around and about, I built a 7mm scale 14mm gauge 0-6-2T Hunslet that runs rather well. There where ideas and research going into the Nantlle Valley Tramway at the time and with a few alterations I found a reason for the line to have such a loco. However I ended up with 4 layout ideas all with part built sections off the NVT. Then I moved house. I decided to consolidate my modelling, and put all the NVT on hold, maybe one day going back to build a line based at Drws-y-coed, but without the massiveness of "Victoria" as my Hunslet was known. I was trying to get the NVT to do too much, and be everything. So scouring over a geological map of the UK with a fair few cups of tea and packets of crumpets, discussions took place as to where to build a new line idea. After sketching in proposed, built or already being modelled lines we settled on a few sites.

Out of these came the idea to use the Clun Valley, for its timber, sandstone, sheep and other products (that could be developed). Two months of research and planning has taken place, and I'm now about ready to start layout planning. I have a space 85 inches by 20 inches, on which I know I can fit a pair of boards. The idea is to build a series of pairs, that operate interestingly on their own, but will bolt together to give a larger exhibition layout, and subsequently be able to model many different sections of the line.

The baseboard from Nantlle (Victoria Terrace) will be dismantled to provide some materials for the first pair of the new boards, which will be a model of Clun Station, with its junction, station and sheds. Stock wise there are 4 locos in various state, most of the lines carriages and a goodly proportion of the lines goods stock. I will be able to model the lines entire stock fleet, and have somewhere to run it all! By doing the line in sections I will be able to increse the size of my model railway from that of the BVR, without it becoming daunting, and thus it will actually get finished.

More updates as and when :)

Sunday, 5 June 2011


Well in the last few weeks a lot of research has been going on. The route of the Clun Light Railway has been found, and a new map is being drawn up of it; the original Light Railway Act for the line has been unearthed, along with some photos of the line and the stock, an inventory of which and a sketch of the locomotives also being discovered. This research is being chronicled in a book which will eventually be availble, but for now here is the Preface.

" “Clunton and Clunbury,
Clungunford and Clun,
Are the quietest places,
Under the sun.

In valleys of springs of rivers,
By Ony and Teme and Clun,
The country for easy livers,
The quietest under the sun.”

Or so said A.E. Housman in his Poem “A Shropshire Lad”.

Broome, Clunbury, Purslow, Clunton, Clun, Whitcott Keysett, Newcastle-upon Clun and Duffryn: all musical sounding names; all places served by the quiet matchless, little railway that ran along the banks of the Rivers Clun, Kemp and Folly, near the rivers Ony, Teme and Unk: The Clun Light Railway.

The lines traffic of Flour; Timber, Sheep, Stone and People, this was the produce of a little Marcher Valley. This was the traffic that kept the steam trains plying the long narrow iron rails that snaked their way alongside that meandering Shropshire River, the Clun.

Emerging out of the woods alongside the river and winding between the fields and hedges, the railway appeared out of nature quietly and stealthily. If you were to visit this quite South Shropshire valley now, you would be hard pressed to believe this agreeable little railway even existed, so much so has it faded away back into nature again."

Sunday, 15 May 2011


Welcome to the home of the Clun Light Railway, a small railway located in the timeless valley of the River Clun. This blog will chronical the research and modelling of this little known 2 foot gauge line.