Narrow gauge and miniature railways past and present of a Cestrian nature
For many railway buffs, ‘Cheshire’ and ‘narrow gauge’ seldom feature in the same sentence. Throughout the 20th Century they were unsung heroes in the making of modern Cheshire. Towards the end of the 20th century they had all but vanished, with narrow gauge lines assuming post-industrial uses.
The most common narrow gauge in use was the two feet gauge. North West Water and its predecessors opted for 2′ over the 4′ 8″ gauge, being favourable for moving to and fro between treatment plants. It was also used by the Central Electricity Generating Board for a line opposite the 4′ 8″ Woodhead route.
In Cestrian railway history, the narrow and miniature gauge lines are overlooked in favour of the four foot permanent way. This article aims to right this wrong. (Please note, the definition of Cheshire in this piece refers to the pre-1974 county). Continue reading “Great Little Trains of Cheshire”