A 7 mm standard and narrow gauge layout with a canal interchange set in North Derbyshire. By Malcolm Hine
7mm/ft O gauge and O/16.5 narrow gauge
Having lived & previously built narrow gauge layouts based in the area, this layout stays with the theme of North Derbyshire but Malcolm has managed to include standard gauge as well as narrow gauge. The location has moved from Stoney Middleton to the Whaley Bridge area (the village is actually just outside Derbyshire). The layout attempts to portray an interchange between the Cromford & High Peak Railway, the Peak Forest Tramway and the Peak Forest Canal. Although in reality there were interchanges between the canal and the railway and the canal and tramway they did not combine at one location as shown on the layout.
The standard gauge goods depot is similar to Shallcross Yard and Ladmanlow on the C&HPR, with a canal basin served by a narrow gauge mineral tramway similar to Bugsworth. The tramway has survived to become loco worked and has a healthy stone traffic with the canal. The standard gauge yard has quite comprehensive facilities in such a cramped area with a dairy, coal drops, cattle dock and general goods facilities.