Castle Hill Quarry

One of my first close up experiences of a narrow gauge railway was an old tramway I found buried in the mud and grass in a disused quarry near home when I was in my early teens. It wouldn’t have been loco worked as it was far too small a concern, more likely have to a wagon or two on it pushed by hand.

It’s probably rusted away completely by now but I’d like to remember it by using the single blade turnout I made a couple of days ago as the basis for a little diorama. Not actually a model of Castle Hill Quarry, just a freelance version to fit the scrap of plywood that the turnout is built on.

The loading dock would match the height of an old Fleischmann side tipper that I have and the other siding would be surrounded by bits and pieces representing stores and equipment brought in on a flat wagon. These two wagons would be the quarry tramway’s entire fleet. From the loading area the tramway would run off stage via a steep sided cutting.

With a bit of scenery roughed in the diorama begins to take shape.

The scale is not yet decided. On30 (2’6″ gauge) might be a bit too big so either 1:35 or, more likely, 1:24 scale might be used to represent a 2′ or 18″ gauge line. No locomotives would be involved, like the inspiration found in the mud all those years ago, this railway would rely purely on manual propulsion.


About Bob Hughes

Ex railwayman, life long railway modeller, lover of real ale and spicy food.
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