Melinau’r Abaty

The layout depicts part of a fictional mid-Wales narrow gauge railway primarily transporting slate products and passengers. Whilst the arrangement itself is conjecture, almost all of the landscape, buildings, practices and rolling stock depict scenes from real railways and locations as they were in the 1930’s.

At the centre of the layout is a model of the Maespoeth shed and store from the Corris Railway. The small station is from Aberllefenni, and the slate mill and weigh-house are based on those at Bryn-Egwlys – the mines served by the Talyllyn.

The scenic section is a representation of the cob over the reservoir at Aberlleffeni which carried the Ratgoed tramway to the mines up in the hills. In reality this would have been horse or gravity worked.

In this arrangement, some raw material comes to the mill from the upper line, along with large cut slabs. The mill then outputs cut roof-slates and both products are transferred via the ‘exchange’ siding for onwards shipment. The station has some passenger traffic, but also general supplies and gunpowder are transported.

A mixture of traffic is utilised from the Corris, Talyllyn, Ffestiniog and other industrial narrow gauge. Stock is a combination of kit and scratch-build with an emphasis of portraying the condition seen in the 1930’s.

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