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Butterwick shed late 1950's on the Shropshire lines near Ludlow on the London Midland Region of BR

This 'O' Gauge layout was purchased as a running 8 foot scenic layout to use as a worked example for the club upcoming book productions with Pen and Sword publications, How to Construct a Model Railway, Constructing Model Buildings and Advanced Scenics.

One project was to drop in a 4 foot extension board section mid platform, to bring the overall scenic length up to 12 foot and another to add a 4 line traverser thus allowing Railbus and DMU parking in the fiddle yard.

The railway itself has the Ditton Priors branch as a basis, working as a light railway and allowing redressing of the set for mid 1950's steam through to the mid 1960's diesels as it is approaching economic closure.

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A mid 1950's image when coal was king in the Butterwick yard.

 

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A Jinty arrives with a non corridor carriage in tow, to return to Ludlow with the 2 wagons in addition.

 

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Into the 1960's, the daily freight trip working by class 08. The post van drops off some invoice mail for the good shed

 

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Sometimes the freight run is performed by a Class 05 Hunslet shunter, seen here with an oil delivery for the ex coal yard.

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The Railbus years, testing the new board section that has been added to the layout length.

 

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Spur for locomotive run around, now just used by the freight trip locomotives. Like Ditton Priors which had a Royal Navy Yard, we have an industry that ensured the lines survival a little longer than others.

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A long view of the extended layout being tested. The engine shed, platform extension and bridge over a water mill leet are all new for the publications project.

 

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Approaching closure, the lines begin to be lifted and the signal box is switched out of use. The end is sadly in sight.