. Stoney Middleton .

The following pictures have been provided by the Ely & District MRC




Stoney Middleton - Malcolm Hine

This is a private layout belonging to Malcolm who for many years was the exhibition manager for the Ely and District Model Railway Club. Although he now lives in Oxfordshire he remains a good friend and honorary member and they still see him socially and at exhibitions.

After many years modelling in 009 firstly with his own layout “The Llyfni Valley Railway” and more recently with the Ely club's “Abbots Dale”, Malcolm felt the need for a change to a larger scale. The layout plan is based on Wantage from Iain Rice's inspirational book Light Railway Layout Designs, and was initially produced as a small scale cardboard mock-up.

Malcolm decided to set the layout in his favourite location of North Derbyshire. In his imagination the line runs from an interchange with the Midland Railway at Bakewell via Baslow to Stoney Middleton (6 miles), the operational headquarters of the line. The mineral extension crosses through the main street and wends its way up the one in thirty-five gradients through Middleton Dale to the quarries at Farnsley, which are the main reason for the lines existence.

Malcolm is a member of the 7mm Narrow Gauge Association and Stoney Middleton won the best layout in show at their 2001 convention at Loughborough on 12 May 2001.

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