Castagnola South Light Railway

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No.11 Codie waits for the road...

In the beginning.....

We moved to this house in March 2002.

When we moved, we left behind the track bed of the original CSLR, what the new occupants of that house think we may never know! However, with a good quantity of stock, good condition, recently lifted track and a steam engine which needed to be run, plans evolved quite quickly...

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Spring Sunshine 2013 - at last!

This is the continuing story of the
Castagnola South Light Railway,
a railway in my back garden.

The railway runs on 45mm gauge track and is generally of a scale of 16mm to the foot. I say generally, because this translates to 1:19, but some of the stock is 1:22, usually it all looks fine together.

I have five electric locomotives which run from batteries fitted inside them, three of which are controlled by radio. I also have four live steam locomotives which are radio controlled and plans for a further steam engine.

The main circuit scales out at just short of 1 mile in length, giving the trains a good run and some real work to do up hill and down dale.

Key Milestones

  • 2002 - The Beginning
  • 2003 - Progression
  • 2004 - Bridges and Engineer
  • 2005 Southdown & Deviation
  • 2006 - Spring/Summer running &- Demolition?

  • 2007 - A year of change.

  • 2008 - Completion of the circuit, and a new Loco

  • 2009 - Steady Progress

  • 2010 - Some enhancements to No.3

  • November 2010 - Details added.... Slow progress on some track relaying to ease the curves and overhaul for The Chief.

  • 2011 - Relaying and a New Bridge.

  • 2012 - Disaster and a New Arrival.

  • 2012 - May Steam-Up

  • 2013 - Progress is Halted in 2013 due to full-scale building works.

  • 2014 - The railway is gradually dismantled - but will return later in the year!

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