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Wintoncester Water Works
Wintoncester (pronounced 'Wintonchester') is a small city in Thomas Hardy's Upper Wessex. The city's domestic water supply was improved in the late 19th and early 20th centuries by the building of a small water works nearby. This was served by a narrow gauge railway that was used to bring in coal from the mainline railway to power the pumping engines and also chalk to supply a water softening plant that was built on site. The layout represents a part of the works during the 1950s when the railway is operated by a variety of small diesel and petrol locomotives with the occasional appearance of some small steam locomotives.The layout is an example of a micro layout (24" xs 20"), a type of model railway that is enjoying considerable popularity at present, being relatively quick and fun to build as well as easy to transport and store. Wintoncester is a simple layout that was built essentially as a test track for a growing collection of narrow gauge locomotives and rolling stock. Although small in size it has proved to be a popular exhibit at exhibitions - proof perhaps that everybody really does have room for a model railway!
009 - 4mm scale 9mm gauge
Space required. 6' x 6'
Layout size. 2' x 2'