Don’t bother looking on a map, you will not find a railway to the Clay Dries at Corwenna.
fictional location was however inspired by the line from Boscarne
Junction to Wenfordbridge which was worked by the three iconic Beattie
well tanks which arrived at Wadebridge shed in 1895. These vintage
engines remained in charge until 1962 when they were finally replaced by
ex GWR 13XX pannier tanks. These lasted a further two years until steam
operations in Cornwall finished in 1964. 08 diesel shunters then took
over until closure in 1983. Examples of these locomotives may be seen at
work on the model.
buildings at Wenfordbridge are much too large to be modelled in true
scale but are included here with a large degree of modeller’s licence to
give a flavour of operations at both Wenfordbridge and similar sites in
main buildings are constructed in a mixture of foamboard and plasticard
overlaid with Das Clay on PVA glue. The stonework is later scribed into
the Das and then sprayed with white car primer with the individual
stones picked out in Humbrol enamels. Roofing slates are self adhesive
sheets from York Modelmaking and the asbestos cladding is from Wills.
Full details of the layout may be found in the August 2017 issue of BRM (British Railway Modelling)