|A founder member of the Chiltern Model Railway Association|
This layout was constructed and owned by a late member, Alistair George, and is now owned by a club member, John Saunders, who is currently exhibiting it in his memory.
Penpoll Quay is a 7mm ('0' gauge Finescale) layout set in the 1950s. Penpoll Quay is a small Cornish quay on the
River Fowey and gets its name from Penpoll Creek half way between Lostwithiel and Fowey. Its position upstream from the major clay port of Fowey means that Penpoll Quay deals only with the smaller coasters involved with the shipping of china
clay to other parts of the country and the Continent, all the large ocean going vessels being dealt with at Fowey. The majority of the clay was loaded into small 5-plank end door wagons and covered by tarpaulins to keep out the rain; the higher quality clay was
bagged and loaded into vans or, if these were in short supply, into standard opens and sheeted over. The cranes on the jetties used grabs to unload the open clay wagons, but these could not completely clear the clay from the wagons so men with shovels
had to complete the job. The vans, loaded with bagged clay, had to be unloaded onto the dockside and the bags put onto a sling which the crane would then
swing over and into the ship's hold.
The other traffic dealt with was inwards, coal brought in mainly from South Wales and taken back up the china clay branches to the dries, where the clay,
piped down from the moors as a slurry, was dried. St Blazey supplied the locomotives for the china clay workings in the area, mainly pannier tanks of various classes. The only other classes used on the
clay workings were the praires of both 45xx and 4575 classes and a pair of either 42xx 2-8-0T or 72xx 2-8-2T , which were rarely allocated outside of
South Wales, for the heavily graded line through Pinnock tunnel to Fowey.
The quiet routine is only disturbed by the need for the breakdown vans (ex PO wagons were often in poor repair in the 1950s) and the appearance of an
More details of the layout, photographs and how it was built can be found in the
October, 2010 issue of Railway Modeller.
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