The Clydach Railway

The Clydach Railway was built by Richard Holder. It is a stunning example of 009 modelling. Richard has modelled a preserved narrow gauge line in a modern setting.

The layout represents a fictional preserved tourist railway situated somewhere on the coast of north-west Wales. Richard has imagined that the original line was built to carry slate from quarries in the mountains to the port of Aberclydach. After commercial operation ceased, the Clydach Railway Preservation Society took over the ownership of the railway in 1954 and re-opened it. The line later expanded onto the trackbed and bridges of a standard gauge branch line which had closed in the 60’s.

The Clydach Railway

The new section was opened in 1979 and since then passenger numbers have grown, new stock has been built and now the Clydach Railway (Rheilffordd Clydach) is undoubtedly one of the “Great Little Trains of Wales”. The layout was featured in Railway Modeller magazine in Nov.2010, and also in the May & June 2012 issues. A wide variety of stock is run on the layout representing a variety of narrow gauge lines. Locomotives include a number of Garratt articulated designs. There are two stations on different levels with inclines and an impressive girder bridge across a river estuary. The layout also features a colourful beach scene and many other scenic details.

Although Richard is now based in Somerset, he still keeps in touch with the Oxfordshire Group, and members of the group regularly assist him at exhibitions.

To see full size pictures click here to go to the photobucket album for The Clydach Railway.

A video of The Clydach Railway can be found here on youtube. If you want to know what it would be like to experience a ride on The Clydach Railway in one of the company's diesel locos, click here

The Clydach Railway is scheduled to appear at the following exhibitions:

Sat 11 and Sun 12 June 2016 Chatham Exhibition - see the Chatham club website for details
Oct 8 and Sun 9 Oct 2016 Farnham Exhibition - see the Farnham club website for details

If you are interested in having The clydach Railway at your exhibition then here is some useful information for exhibition managers. To contact Richard Holder please use the contact box at the top of the screen.

Name The Clydach Railway
Gauge 9mm
Scale 4mm to 1 foot (009 Narrow Gauge)
Shape L shape, viewed from inside the L, 4m by 3m
Positioning Ideally suited to a corner position
Insurance £7,200
Power 1 x 13amp socket
Expenses Large van hire plus cost of fuel
Location Shepton Mallet, Somerset
Operators 3