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CRUMLEY & LITTLE WICKHILL Scale: 4mm - 1ft. Gauge 9mm ('009' ) by Hull Miniature Railway Society
Size: 16ft x 16ft (4.8m x 4.8m) (plus operator space), Operators: Four, Transport: Van hire + one car
The Roth Valley Tramway (RTV) is a fictitious 2'6" gauge railway serving several small communities high in the Pennines around the Lancashire/Yorkshire/Cumberland border area. When the RVT eventually reached Crumley the company realised the intended roadside station site was on a slope! Luckily, a conveient side valley on the edge of town provided a level site for the yard solving the problem.
This proved a fortunate choice when the next extension was planned and the directors realised the next town was 300 feet higher up... An existing mineral tramway up the valley was aquired, the top of the valley levelled to give a reversing point (named Little Wickhill after a local farm) from which a new line was constructed up the side of the valley and onto the moor top.
The model depicts this section of the RVT in the early 1930s. The best days are gone but traffic remains reaonably heavy. Road services have siphoned off some passengers but the line is still the shortest route from Moorton to Ramton so traffic remains steady. To reduce costs, several diesel locos have been tried but larger trains still need steam locos which have their own servicing facilities at Crumley. From time to time the line also hosts new locos on trial from various Leeds based manufacturers, the steeply graded line giving a good test for locos intended for colonial railways.
Ref: Railway Modeller, January 2009
Exhibition Managers please note that viewing is from the TWO fourteen foot sides of the triangle.
This layout can be seen at the following Model Railway Shows:
11th & 12th November 2017: Hull. This will be the layout's penultimate show.