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The Isle of Westland Railway

It's better by train.......

A look at - Shade Gap station.

This is in many ways my favourite station.


It is a 'through station' which takes its name from a one on the 3ft gauge East Broad Top logging line in the USA. As the station is surrounded by trees  the name  just seemed approproiate.


A single plain siding provides goods loading/unloading facilities. A further siding on the opposite side of the station is treated as a connection to a seperately owned rail network as mention in the background section .This gives the potential for more variety of traffic by way of interchange than just the normal siding .


As the branch is operated as a single operating section from the signalling point of view no signals are present nor signal box............no block instruments.


This station hasseen the most change over the years not from the point of view of trackwork but the fact that the surrounding trees never stay the same for long. They grow ..........get to large...........get cut down and replaced. This is except for the group on the far sde which are mainly slow growing  specimens many of which are about 20 years old. Miniature Alberta Spruce have lived up to their name. 


I very much enjoy the views available at ths station and many satisfying photographs have resulted.


The view towards the private siding. I have taken as inspiration the picture in Tom Rolt's book about the Talyllyn railway preservation early days.
A view the other way..........from the private siding which has a gate to control access from the IOW.

The overbridge is a lucky find on a secondhand stand at a show.The price was high but, as it is all metal with coumtless rivets, worth paying.It was obviously built for an indoor line and the brickwork on the underside is plaster so the decision was made to make it removable and kept indoors between running sessions.The two  bridge supports have different finishes.They are both Jigstones shells filled with cement but one did not very neat.The Jigstones panels were out of alignment so I decided to cover with slate  chippings.I am still not fully satisfied but there are so many other things to do on the line so I will live with it for now.

Trees at the site have changed over the years except for several miniature Alberta Spruce.These must be approaching 20 years of age.Recently I have added some smaller specimens in the foreground partly to.provide variety in size and to allow for the possible demise of the older ones some.of which have started to look a bit ragged.

The station building has changed over the years as has the station layout which can be seen from the photos over time.This is the final planned building and as with the other main structures is by Treddol Designs.One of the standard structures in their range plus a porch roof. Treddol use real slate in their buildings. This stays out all year and needs maintenance from time to time as would a real building........well to be fair it is a real building just smaller.

The Baguley diesel heads a permanent way ballast train.

One of the railway's road vehicles at the station.
Overview of the station.