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Russet Tor - Phil Sixsmith

The Russet Tor is modelled in 16mm scale or there abouts, running on 45mm track.

Contained within a relatively small 40ft x 25ft garden, the first track was laid in 1990 and from very small beginnings the railway has developed into the present continuos run - which is probably the maximum run in the limited space available.

Allington is the line's main station; Bramley Halt is an intermediate stop with a further small request only halt.

The garden is densely planted and the track bed runs on a ribbon of brickwork, generally two courses high for most of its run, with the exception of the oldest part of the line where the track is at ground level. I have tried to adapt the planting to compliment the railway but without the track dominating the garden. In most places you have to give a second look to spot the track bed.

The Russet Tor is essentially a private narrow gauge railway, primarily earning its revenue from passenger traffic with a limited but growing trade in goods traffic.

Over the years the railway has acquired a variety of motive power representing Beyer Peacock, Baldwin, a single Fairlie as well as a Merlin and a Roundhouse!

The fleet currently stands at six working locos and a railcar.

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Map of the garden.

Photo 2
Picture of the garden.

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Agatha: My first attemp at scratch building in 1991 much altered over the years. Semi preserved and only little used  these days an Gala events, nevertheless an important loco in the Russet Tors history.

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Bryn: Also scratch built at the RT workshops around a Playmobile chassis. Entered service in 1993 hopfully recognisable as based on a Glyn Valley tram engine. Still in regular service.

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Lynn: Replica L&B 2-4-2 comissioned by the RT from Bachmann to bring a little of
the L&B charm to the Russet Tor Valley

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Belle at Bramley Halt

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Berwyn Belle.

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Coal fired Roundhouse Jack

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Emma

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Rachel

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Allington Station



Published by
Chris MacKenzie for the
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