Exhibition Layout: Chadderton Line
About the project & team
Chadderton depicts a rural junction station on the Great Western Railway (GWR) with a former connection to the London Midland and Scottish Railway (LMS). Still in construction, Chadderton’s current condition demonstrates some of the stages of scenic construction rarely seen at exhibitions.
Chadderton is named in memory of its designer, Peter Chadderton, who passed away in August 2014. Peter was a longstanding WMRC member and demonstrated a restrained passion for British model railways. A true gentleman, affectionately remembered.
The layout is set in the period of 1946 to 1956, transitioning from GWR and LMS joint running powers to British Rail (BR) Western Region. Nationalisation of Britain’s railways occurred on 1st January 1948 forming BR.
Set in a fictional location to the South West of Birmingham, bordering the Cotswolds, Chadderton is on a secondary GWR line from Worcester to Redditch with the LMS line connecting to Leamington Spa. This joint development led to a larger station than would normally be found for a rural village.
The station was first developed as a terminus by the Midland Railway, which became part of the LMS in 1923, as a branch for agricultural traffic. Subsequently the GWR line was built from Redditch and on to Worcester. The LMS branch closed to passengers in the late 1920’s and was lifted pre-war with the track bed and tunnel abandoned.
Principal traffic is mineral and coal traffic from South Wales to the Midlands, with local freight, mainly dairy and livestock, and local and regional secondary passenger services. The line is also a diversionary route for passenger services to/from South Wales, with additional summer holiday traffic and football specials.
The layout was first exhibited at the 2015 WMRC Exhibition as a ‘work in progress’ demonstrating layout construction aspects seldom seen in an exhibition context. Since that time the project team has modified the track layout to enhance its operating potential and continued with scenic development. The layout is expected to be completed in time for the 2017 WMRC Exhibition.
First Exhibition 2015 – Video
First display of Chadderton & Hawesdale Layouts at the WMRC 2015 Exhibition. Generously provided by “Ken” who visited. Ken has a YouTube Channel called, “Willowfs4472”