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Features: Stodden Hundred Light Railway, Industrial, 1930s

Published 25 September 2018, 16:35

The Stodden Hundred Light Railway (SHLR) is a depiction of a rural railway on the borders of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire in the mid 1930s, just before everything changed during the Second World War.

It serves the market town of Kimbolton and the villages of Pertenhall and Swineshead. It is is a branch off the main line which runs from the iron ore pits around Kettering to Great Barford near Sandy where connections are made with the LNER and the LMS.

Being an economically stretched railway, the SHLR had to make do with cast off locomotives and passenger coaches from the more major railways or industrial users. With the light traffic, 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 tank locomotives became the norm. Because it was always short of operating engines, deals were struck with engine manufacturers for them to trial their new locomotives out of the public gaze. This was the time when new technology, in the form of petrol and diesel locomotives, was gaining ground, so there were the occasional appearances of more modern traction on SHLR trains.

The SHLR is built to ‘O’ gauge standards and includes two stations, a gas works, pie facotyr, coal yard and a brick works in its 19ft long footprint.

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