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Glendale Layout

"Glendale"

“OO” Gauge

“Glendale” was one of the branch lines axed under the Beeching cuts in the 1960’s. Fortunately a group of people formed a Preservation Society and managed to acquire the land around the main station before the lines were lifted. They owned the track out to the viaduct and hoped to acquire the track bed beyond it. Tellingly the connection to the Main Line was mothballed but not severed.

After a few years European Monies became available to fix problems with the station buildings and to acquire the track bed beyond. Soon monies became available to extend the existing trackwork over the viaduct to a newly built station, where a run round loop was installed.

Trains were operated from Glendale to the loop until National Lottery money became available in the 1990’s to extend the line. This involved lengthening the main line towards an old goods yard site where a locomotive shed and works were constructed out of existing buildings. Soon afterwards the main line was extended beyond the Loco Works.

Glendale
Glendale Loco

The line became very popular both with loco owners and the general public and by the turn of the Century it was established as a “going concern” with an adequate stock of preserved Rolling Stock and safe future.

The town of Glendale became a dormitory town when a large number of new houses was constructed. An arrangement with Network Rail saw one platform in Glendale being used by Main Line trains - usually 150 or 156 units – and some freight, often timber, being sourced further up the line and worked to Glendale by locos from the Preserved Railway.

 
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