Hadley, Stoneybrook and Swale Railway (HSSR)

Hadley, Stoneybrook and Swale Railway by Arline Wilson in 0-16.5 Scale (7mm Narrow Gauge)

The fictitious layout of Hadley, Stoneybrook, and Swale Railway (HSSR) is set in the late 1940s. It provides a rail link between the Clee hills of Shropshire, which are visible in the distance, and the terminus of the Staffordshire Moorland Light Railway (SMLR) at Blakecaster, which has limited road connections to the outside world, its main connection being the narrow gauge railway laid along a narrow ridge across the infamous Patchway Bog.

 

The town of Swale, which takes its name from the low-lying moist ground which surrounds it, is close to the marshy edge of the Patchway Bog. The single track line which used to run on the ridge over the bog to Blakecaster has unfortunately partially sunk into the quagmire due to the recent heavy rains. You may occasionally see some of the SMLR wagons which are stranded in this area until the railway line is repaired; being on this side of the damaged track at the time the sleepers sank into the bog.

 

Swale is connected to Hadley by a viaduct over a stony brook. Occasionally fishermen make their way down the steep slopes to the brook but rarely catch anything. The tea room at Hadley station does a roaring trade with ramblers who are attracted to the area by the interesting walks over the nearby hills. The station master at Hadley is well known for his love of cats, you may see some of them near the station enjoying the company of the passengers on the platform, or hunting for mice underneath the tea room.

Full details and photos of the layout can be seen here HSSR_Longer_Description[5751]