|A founder member of the Chiltern Model Railway Association|
Andrew Jones is in the '0' Gauge section and his layout is currently available for display on the local exhibition circuit.
Stodden Hundred Light Railway
The Stodden Hundred Light Railway is a depiction of a rural railway on the borders of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the mid 1930s,
just before everything changed with World War 2. Serving the market town of Kimbolton and the villages of Pertenhall
and Swineshead, this is a branch (twig?) off the main line which
runs from the iron ore pits around Kettering to Great Barford near Sandy, where connections are made with the LNER
and the LMS. Being an economically stretched railway, the SHLR had to make do with cast off locomotives and passenger coaches from the more
major railways or industrial users. With the light traffic, 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 tank locomotives became the norm. Because it was always short of operating engines, deals were struck with engine manufacturers for them to trial
their new locomotives out of the public gaze.
This was the time when new technology, in the form of petrol and diesel locomotives, was gaining ground, so there were the occasional
appearances of more modern traction on SHLR trains.
If required, the layout may be operated in its shortened format of 9ft x 2ft (at this size it will feature only the Pertenhall and Swineshead sections) or in an enlarged format of 34ft x 2ft, which inlcudes the section to Great Barford.
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