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WEPRE PARK Scale: 4mm - 1ft. Gauge 18.2mm ('EM' ) by Ken Gibbons

Size: 13ft by 1ft 3ins (plus operator space), Operators: Two, Transport: One car.

In the 1860’s, a line was built to serve the then bustling collieries, quarries and and Brickworks in the North east part of Flintshire, from Buckley, to the Banks of the River Dee at Connah’s Quay, the erstwhile Buckley Railway. In ownership, it had an interesting History, having passed through the hands of the Wrexham, Mold and Connah’s Quay, Great Central, and London and North Eastern Railway Companies; it being the westerly outpost of the latter. 1948 saw the line pass through to BR’s London Midland Region.
Very much a mineral Railway, it’s fortunes waxed and waned in line with the industries served as coal seams and clay pits were opened , then worked out. Wepre park is loosely based on the companies ‘depot’ that once existed at a place called Northop Hall. As well as dealing with local coal/agricultural produce, there’s a siding serving the small local firebrick and ceramic factory. The Era depicted is right at the end of the lines existence in the mid 1960s, which coincides with the handover from Steam to diesel   on this part of the LM region.

The steep bank between Connah’s Quay to here having been abandoned, trains have to propel the last ¼ mile or so beyond here to serve the last remaining sidings /works
If you’ve any Questions, about the layout, or working in EM gauge, we’d be glad to try and assist.

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This layout can be seen at the following Shows:

30th July 2017: Thirsk.

page updated 13/07/2017