Paddock Garden Railway
The Paddock Garden Railway is a 32mm gauge outdoor model railway at Hampton Loade running narrow gauge trains built to 16mm to the foot (1:19) scale. Operated by a voluntary group, the Paddock Railway 16mm Club, the railway normally operates on Sundays and Bank Holiday Mondays when SVRSevern Valley Railway trains are running.
Hampton Loade Paddock Railway 16mm Group is an area group of the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers.
The decision to build a permanent garden railway in the paddock picnic area dates from 1985. Before then, John Campbell's 16mm live steam railway was a popular attraction at early Hampton Loade gala days, but it was a problem locating the railway without disrupting the normal operation of the station. The first train on the new railway was hauled by a model RustonRuston and Hornsby Ltd. of Lincoln, engineer and locomotive manufacturer acquired by English Electric in 1966. Also, Ruston-Bucyrus Ltd established in 1930 and jointly owned by Ruston and Hornsby and Bucyrus-Erie (US) diesel locomotive on 28 March 1985. Initially there was just a straight up and down line along the fence; an oval line was constructed later in a single weekend.
It now comprises an extensive scenic outdoor layout with three separate running circuits and facilities for both gas and coal fired locomotives.
- Paddock Railway website(Retrieved 19 July 2018)
- Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers (Retrieved 19 July 2018)
- SVRSevern Valley Railway News 81