HOCKENHULL PLATTS Light Railway O9
This layout, originally built as an On16.5 (7mm narrow gauge) which I swapped for a load of O9 stock, but unfortunately, was caught up in a storm we had which destroyed part of our roof and damaged the shed it was kept in, causing a great amount of rainwater and a tree branch to destroy most of the scenics and baseboard top. Luckily, most of the buildings have survived.
So, I have now decided to rebuild it as an O9 layout, so I can attend some exhibitions locally in Summer 2019.
I am keeping near to the original track layout, with a few changes to allow for the mill) but obviously, it will now be 09, using modified Peco 009 narrow gauge track,
Below: Photo by the original builder who was Tim (Persistant Bodger of this parish) of the original layout long before storm damage...
To quote the original builder:
(Hockenhull is a real location, in Cheshire, not Germany!!! )
"The Fictitious Hockenhull railway runs along the river Gowy, Cheshire from Hockenhall to connect with the main line at Saighton. The line serves local Estates a number of flour mills and a Salt works. It was originally intended that the railway would continue east but financial restraints quashed any progress. The motive power consists of worn-out Hunslet and Peckett tank engines from the welsh quarries. These like the stock have seen better days and will no doubt see their final days on the Line."
After some research, I discovered the road from Hockenhall Platts (which includes an ancient bridge across the River Gowy) was part of the "one of the various Silk Roads" from China, via Macclesfield and on towards Chester...
My take on Hockenhull Platts is that in early 2014, a group of Narrow Gauge lovers got to relay the line and intend to run leisure services using an odd collection of diesel and steam locomotives, railbuses, coaches and wagons, something along the lines of the new (now closed) Penrhyn Railway at Bethesda or the Teifi Valley Railway at Henllan/Newcastle Emlyn.