00, SOUTHERN REGION, 12' @ 4'


Ridler Grinding Company        New Buildings        Peter's Engineering

Local passenger        Shunting the yard        Empties/fulls sidings

The layout before its update

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Southern Region, Fordbury Dene Railway Coombe Bissett Halecombe Highbury Victoria Colliery

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A local passenger train passing though Halecombe hauled by LSWR M7 111


Entering the layout

Halecombe Platform with M7 number 42 shunting and the limestone empty siding


New Buildings

I decided to rebuild the buildings as they were both getting rather battered, some locos couldn't get under the limestone loader, and it was difficult to clean the track. The Ridler Grinding Company grinds coal and limestone to dust. The limestone dust is used as a fire retardant in coal mines and coal dust is used in many products including paint and black lead. The  Ridler Grinding Company is named after the innovative manager of the near by Edford Colliery. Peter's Engineering is a firm of general engineers supporting the local agriculture, quarrying, and coal mining.

Shunting the yard
The yard has been retracked hopefully this will make operation more interesting for viewers,
less frustrating for operators, and deliver a better service to our 'customers'.

Ridler Grinding Company

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Peter's Engineering

Empties/fulls sidings

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Panoramas of the layout These photos were taken before the rebuilding

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Leaving the platform and New Factory


Passing the quarry loader (the blue corrugated building) and 42 shunting

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