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Parton Hurries. A Model railway based on West Cumberland

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Parton Hurries

A 4mm scale model railway built by Ian Blenkinsopp and now owned by the Membership Secretary

Parton Hurries is a layout built to 4mm = 1ft. scale (1:76) with a track gauge of 16.5mm (OO gauge). It is loosely based on the railways and architecture of the West Cumberland coastal towns of Parton and Whitehaven. All buildings are scratchbuilt using card, styrene sheet, wood and small brass sections. The local dockside and breakwater line runs in the foreground while local branch line trains can enter and exit the scene from the sides and rear of the layout. The overall method of presentation is like a theatre.

The layout was featured in British Railway Modelling magasine's Layouts Special supplement 2002.

Parton Hurries is now privately owned by a member of the society and is currently in storage awaiting minor works and conversion to DCC, before hopefully venturing out on the exhibition circuit again.

An open cab industrial 0-4-0 shunts the harbourside.
The tide tower serves local fishermen.
A beehive kiln sits adjacent to the backscene.
New Brotherton tar distillery wagons wait between the hurries.
The hurries are coal chutes for loading small colliers.
Horse drawn chaldron wagons brought coal to the hurries.
A Barclay industrial saddle tank locomotive shunts a local Moresby Coal Company wagon on the quayside.
A rope worked incline waggonway loosely based on the Howgill brake in Whitehaven has been modelled.

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