Ephemeral railways

Back in the days when I lived in Aberystwyth I used to cross the course of the old Plynlimon and Hafan Tramway quite often – one of the world’s shorter-lived railways. And then there’s the wonderful tale of the very, very short-lived railway line to Magilligan Point.

But both are beaten by the Milholme Green Light Railway. Or whatever its name is – we didn’t actually get around to naming it, or having an official opening. But yesterday afternoon we dragged the stock of old Bonds’ O gauge track out of the loft, carried out some rather hasty repairs, and laid a line almost the length of the back lawn. The gradients were a bit on the steep side. The cant was, in places, somewhat in excess of what was strictly necessary. But we ran trains, and had much fun.

And then I took the track up and stored it in the shed, until next time.


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