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Cumbrian model railways

Cumbria is a region which can look back on a fascinating and multi-faceted railway heritage. Everything from narrow gauge railway tubs dragged by women and children in coal mines stretching out for miles under the Solway Firth to a very successful, modern, private freight company using the latest locomotives. Narrow gauge railways have been used in Lakeland mines for centuries and visitors can still ride the famous Ravenglass & Eskdale miniature railway in the West of the County. West Cumberland once boasted a dense network of standard gauge mineral lines linking coal mines, iron ore mines and limestone quarries to a vast Iron and Steel industry on the coast. Narrow gauge and Standard gauge locomotives were once manufactured on the coast and some examples still survive to this day. Rails used to be manufactured in Workington and you can ride behind steam locomotives in the county. The electrified London to Glasgow, West Coast Main line slices through the East of the county while considerable effort is being put into a campaign to link Penrith and Keswick by rail once more. The scenic Settle & Carlisle line, built by the Midland Railway is internationally recognised as one of the finest scenic railways in the world. Microsoft Train Simulator game allows would-be train drivers to experience the thrills of driving the Flying Scotsman A3 Pacific locomotive over the line from the comfort of their home PC.

Cumbrian railways have it all.

Surprisingly, models based on Cumbrian railways are not common but here are a selection that we know of.
If you know of others, past and present, please let us know.

Picture and Details of Derwent Sidings will be added here soon!  


Derwent Sidings by The Derwent Railway Society.




Eden Lacy
Eden Lacy by The Derwent Railway Society.
Cleator Bank under construction
Cleator Bank by The Derwent Railway Society.
Main Line Steam at Derwent Main
Derwent Main by The Derwent Railway Society.
Copperas Hill by Phil Baggley
Kelton Mine by Ian Blenkinsopp
Arlecdon Parks by Ian Blenkinsopp
Marsh & Quay by Ian Blenkinsopp
Parton Hurries by Ian Blenkinsopp
The Lady Armstrong with a short freight train.
Solway Sands by Ian Blenkinsopp
Bassenthwaite Lake in N scale
Bassenthwaite Lake by Don Annison
Ehen Bridge depicts one of the many West Cumberland mineral branches linking iron ore mines with the iron and steel industry on the coast
Ehen Bridge by Mike Peascod
Settle & Carlisle by Ed Mulholland
LMS Black 5  4-6-0
Workington Main by Workington M R C
Kentside is an exquisite EM gauge layout.
Kentside by Karl Crowther
Barras Station by Graham Betts