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|There never was a prototype "Salfords Light Railway" (to the best
of my knowledge) and to be honest, there's nothing in the village that could warrant
one. However, if you want an "excuse", there is a timber yard
not far from me that makes fence panels etc., so perhaps there is the slightest
possibility that one could have been built. There have been several narrow gauge
industrial lines within a 10-mile radius from my home in the past, though alas
these are now all long closed (see below).
"My" SLR is a 5" gauge, ground-level miniature railway
around my garden. What follows is a description of how I got started and events
along the way that might educate or entertain you - especially if you are
contemplating building a passenger-carrying garden railway yourself.
I hope you enjoy it.
(financier, civil engineer, mechanical engineer, owner and operator)
Salfords, Surrey, United Kingdom
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Oxlade unless otherwise credited.
Local narrow-gauge lines:
- The Standard Brick and Sand Co., Holmethorpe, Redhill
(now British Industrial Sand) -
A 2' gauge system operated with both steam and diesels was
replaced by conveyor belts in 1964. The standard-gauge exchange sidings were
still in place in the late 1990s, though they had not been used for some
years. This facility is
within walking distance from my parents house.
- The Buckland Sand & Silica Co., Reigate - 2' gauge,
had 6 Motor Rail diesels and a Hudswell Clark 0-4-0. The line ran from
private BR sidings to the west of Reigate to the pits until closed in 1952.
- The Brockham Lime & Hearthstone Co., near
Betchworth - although it closed in 1936, this was the home of the
Brockham Museum before the collection was moved to Amberley.
- The Dorking Greystone Lime Co., Betchworth - used
several, different gauges: 1' 7", 2' and 3' 2¼" connecting to
the standard gauge sidings at Betchworth station (remains still visible).
Much of the equipment is now part of the Amberley Working Museum in Sussex.
Information from: INDUSTRIAL
RAILWAYS OF THE SOUTH-EAST, Middleton Press, 1984,
ISBN 0-906520-9-6 and SURREY NARROW GAUGE including South London, Middleton
Press, 2003, ISBN 1 901706 87 7
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