Ceefax at the Tyneside 2012 Exhibition
This is a 00-gauge layout based in the 1960s on BR where motive power is focussed on the green period for diesel locomotives and DMUs.
Imagine, if you will, Britain without Wales (nothing nasty happened to it). Then the England/Wales border is, therefore, coastline and Birmingham is a comparative stones-throw from the seaside. The Clee hills, in Shropshire, are now close to the sea and have been popular with holiday-makers for some time because of their scenic splendour - when it isn't raining - and for the industrial archaeology, which includes the nearby Clee Hill and Titterstone cable hauled railways where basalt and other minerals were taken down to Ludlow for onward movement.
Cleefax is near Ludlow and used to be a bustling market town, but has lost it's popularity and former grandeur and is now fighting to retain is train service, which has recently been earmarked for closure, despite an upturn in ticket sales since the introduction of diesel units on the passenger services.
The single track branch line, built in the late 1800s by the GWR (but passed to the LMR at nationalisation) terminates here due to a severe collapse in the now bricked up, steeply graded, tunnel just beyond the station, but once continued 8 miles to join another branch into the town of Ceefax on the coast.
A parcels DMU crosses the bridge over Seafax harbour.
A baby Deltic (class 23) waits to depart from Seafax station.