. Ghylldale .


Ghylldale - John Varley

Gyhlldale is an imaginary Narrow Gauge Railway set in the North Riding of Yorkshire, Where the dales meet the sea. It takes its name from the fictional village which was depicted on the cover of "Dalesman" Magazine for many years. I am indebted to Mr. Jos (IONICUS) Armitage, who drew the pictures, for allowing me to use the title.

The centrepiece of the layout is the quayside and its boats. I am grateful to Darryl Foxwell who built the boats for allowing me to use them on the layout. The quay was made using DAS modelling compound on a base of MDF or thick cardboard. The cobbles and the quay wall were shaped using a strip of Plasticard and a small screwdriver to make an impression of the joints whilst the DAS was still soft, ....plus a lot of patience!

Most of the locomotives are based upon prototypes built in Leeds by Manning Wardle, Hunslet Engine Co. and Hudswell Clarke, some based more loosely than others. The occasional visitor may appear for time to time.

Because the layout is still being developed please feel free to offer advice and suggestions especially with regard to the architecture of the North York Moors and Coast.

Published by
Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
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