Gretton & Wenlock Railway

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Gretton & Wenlock Railway

Owned by the Colehill Locomotives And Narrow Gauge Enthusiasts Railway Society (C.L.A.N.G.E.R.S.)

The Model

The group of WRS members that built Tarrant Valley Railway, decided to move up to 0-scale for their next project. Having bought an 0-16.5 layout second hand, they proceded to convert it to better suit their needs by extendending it to an 18' × 6' L-shape.

The period the model represents is the late 1940s, up to the line’s closure in 1951. Stock consists entirely of kit built models. The buildings have all been scratchbuilt. Woodland Scenics scatter material has been used to create the foliage.

The History

Gretton Station and Canal, with associated warehouses is modelled here on this imaginary 2' 3" narrow gauge railway. The railway initially opened in 1892 for freight traffic only (mostly coal and slates). Four tram engines formed the initial motive power, along with nearly 30 wagons. A passenger service was introduced in 1899, when new coaching stock was delivered. At this time the wagon and steam locomotive fleet were also both expanded.

The Route

From Church Stretton, the line ran parallel with a Roman Road and passes the small halt of All Stretton—opened in 1899—just over a mile north of the terminus. The line was forced to climb and head north first to enable it to gain height to go around the northern side of Caer Caradoc Hill turning almost a full 180° in the process. This hill peaks at 1,506 ft (498 m) above sea level. The line then decends as it swung from heading south-east to head north-east to pass over the canal and into Gretton station. Gretton Tunnel then followed, before a steady gentle climblead up to Hughley station, a further four miles distant, where a loop with an island platform and two sidings existed. The line then continued on up to the eastern terminus and exchange sidings at Much Wenlock, 13 miles from Church Stretton.


Photo Tour

Photo tour will follow in due course.


Booking Information

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Last updated: 2012 June 28
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