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Derwent — 0 Gauge



Coal movement was the reason for building many railways in County Durham, the setting for ‘Derwent', which draws together many aspects of railway operation in the north east of England. Several coal mining companies had extensive private railways with numerous locomotives, some even working over the main line system .

Derwent is set in 1946 before nationalisation of the coal industry and the main line railways. It is an attempt to capture the operations at a location where traffic is exchanged between the main line railway and a large colliery company. An occasional passenger service is operated by the colliery company for the benefit of its employees and also unofficially for the local population.

This scenario gives me the opportunity to indulge in my passion for kit building and having far more colliery locomotives than would seem necessary.

Derwent has now been sold.