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Cromford
Updated: 1st February 2016

This is an 11’ x 2’ 6” N Gauge model of the Cromford area in Derbyshire covering the Midland mainline and the bottom of Sheep Pasture Incline on the Cromford and High Peak Railway to High Peak Junction where the lines met at the exchange sidings. Cromford is as close a scale copy as possible but some compromise has had to be made given space restrictions.   In the real world the area covered is from the occupation bridge just to the south of High Peak Junction to Willersley Tunnel Southern portal by Cromford Station.  The depth also includes The Cromford Canal and the C&HP line from High Peak Junction to the sidings at the foot of Sheep Pasture Incline. Control is DC with points and signals operated by levers electronically, not wire in tube. Cromford can be operated in a variety of periods ranging from 1956 at the end of the Blood and Custard era to 1967 when closed was imminent and stock was a mix of Maroon or Blue Grey.

Photographs at the bottom are from a site visit undertaken by Carl, Mike Sumpter and Chris Pick in July 2011. After a pleasant walk around the station, canal and pump house, a trip was made on the Peak Railway from Rowsley into Matlock and back.

Two other views show early planning and construction. The baseboards are open top with a track base datum height of 50 feet thus allowing level track with scenery above and below the track level. The remaining photographs of the layout include some taken during construction.
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