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2019

Crumley & Little Wickhill

A 009 layout by Hull Miniature Railway Society
Scale 009 (4mm/1ft)
Gauge 9mm
Size 12’ x 12’

 

The Roth Valley Tramway (RVT) is a fictitious 2'6" gauge railway serving several communities high in the Pennines around the Lancashire/Yorkshire/Cumberland border area.

When the RVT eventually reached Crumley, the company realised the intended roadside station site was on a slope!  Luckily a convenient side valley on the edge of town provided a level site for the yard, solving the problem.

This proved a fortunate choice when the next extension was planned, and the directors realised the next town was 300 feet higher up.  An existing mineral tramway up the valley was acquired, the top of the valley levelled to give a reversing point (named Little Wickhill after a local farm) from which the new line was constructed up the far side of the valley and on to the moor top.

The model depicts the section of the RVT in the early 1930's.  The best days are gone but traffic remains reasonably heavy.  Road services have siphoned off some passengers, but the line is still the shortest route from Moorton to Ramton, so traffic remains steady.  To reduce costs, several diesel locos have been tried, but larger trains still need steam locos, which have their own servicing facility at Crumley.

From time to time the line also hosts new locos on trial from various Leeds based manufacturers, the steeply graded line giving a good test for locos intended for colonial railways.

If you have any questions (and can spot the operators) please feel free to ask.