I have been in conversation recently with James Hilton regarding Brian Clarke’s ‘Slate railway to Churchwater’
This is a fully conceived history of a 15″gauge slate tramway, which is a wonderfully crafted flight of fantasy.
I have only recently become aware of this work, which also contains drawings of locos and rolling stock, and sketches of various features, both track and architecture. I am well aware that this has been much admired for many Years, but hey better late than never!
The conversations between James and I revolve around this work of imagination inspiring us to create something based on it in larger scale, the jury is still out as to whether this will end up as a 7/8ths project representing 18′ or a 1/12ths scale project representing 15″.
James has documented his work so far on NGRMO here :-
And on his blog here :-
Irrespective it will be specifically 32mm gauge, only, and will, I hope appeal to existing members of the 16mm community that want something a little different, that will run on their existing lines.
So far I have had a couple of attempts at a chassis sub master, the first is true to Brian’s drawings with side frames coming out at 6″ X 8″ very substantial, for a piece of 15″ gauge rolling stock
For the second effort I have reduced the section to a scale 8″ X 4″ still chunky, but a little more finessed.
The second will go into rubber, the zero shrinks from that will be the basis of a small petrol loco, and various items of rolling stock.
This will most likely use the same format as our current budget range, with whitemetal plug and glue axleboxes, and 14″Binnie wheels, but will keep the brass couplers for strength. I have designed the chassis to be able to take SV wheelsets, as an upgrade, to reflect the heft of the original drawings.
I would like the chassis casting to form the basis of a vignette “how to” article for Garden Rail and I hope to be able to offer this as a new product range during 2018.
I have just completed the masters for the slate wagon body, this will be going into rubber next week along with the axle boxes