|. Dulas .|
- A Sewell & B Jeffery
Once upon a time in Dulas ...
Imagine May in Dulas. The year is 1931. The sparkling river, full of spring rain, splashes busily among the valley meadows. Above, the hillsides are brown with last year's bracken and through the higher fields a line of twin slate fence betrays the presence of a railway. There is no ugly scar, no vast intrusion into the landscape; the narrow weeded track, weaving through cottage and trees, is a natural in the valley as the ancient stone walls which divide to let it pass.
In the distance a plume of steam announces the approaching train. Sheep scatter from the line as the faded wheezing engine rolls drunkenly along its grassy rails. For more than 60 years it has passed this way becoming a familiar friend. Following behind the engine, rattling and bumping in its wake, a line of wooden drams loaded with cut slate, Aberllefeni's best are bound for Machynlleth wharf. Slate gave the line its birth and remains its lifeblood. The train passed and now peace returns, leaving only the sound of children playing at the village school, the rippling river and bleating sheep ...
The model has been designed to capture the atmosphere of the old Corris Railway.
The modular scenes are representations of the changing character of the line from Ffidd Wood to Aberllenfenni.
The model buildings are based on real structures along the line as they may have appeared in the late 20's or early 30's.
Published by Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
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