|. Mickledore .|
- Normanton & Pontefrat RMS
Those who go walking in the Lake District may know that Mickledore is a very wild area between Scafell and Scafell Pike. Even a rack railway would struggle to get close to the place! However, the original owner of the layout liked the name so labelled all his stock "MR". It doesn't mean Midland Railway!
The concept of the layout (concept, what's that...?) is of a line coming down from the slate quarries to connect with British Railways. The line had fallen in to disuse and would have been lifted if it had not been for its popularity in transporting walkers and sightseers to this rugged and beautiful part of the country. This, of course, is just a lame excuse to run anything!
Mickledore utilises Peco narrow gage track throughout, and is built using the "open plan" type of baseboard construction. Scenery is built by using Modroc plaster bandage and polystyrene blocks contoured to suit, then coated in polyfilla with traditional scatter materials.
As this is a Norman and Pontefract RMS layout, the operators would much rather natter than play trains!
Published by Chris MacKenzie for the
Virtual Narrow Gauge Model Railway Exhibition
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