For the past couple of weeks I’ve been trying and failing to remember the name of a 2mm scale model railway. I remembered the scale and that it was based on a Great Western Railway line and that, at one end, there was a mill. Searching on terms like “2mm”, “2FS”, “GWR”, and “mill” returned entertaining distractions but not this particular railway. I remembered, in the first place, that it was the feature layout in a 1990’s era copy of Railway Modeller. Frustrated and awake (yay work stress) I settled down with Google and started searching Google images based on “Railway Modeller January 1991” varying the year (starting in 1990) and then month (starting in January) and then working through each month scrolling through the covers to see if that familiar one appeared.
Eureka! There it is: December 1991.
Equipped with the name of the railway and, well, still unable to sleep, I’m searching around to see where else Keith Armes’ Chipping Norton appears. Apparently Model Railway Journal number 20 featured the railway too – I may have to order a copy of that from Titfield Thunderbolt as I see they stock a copy of that back issue.
The 2mm Scale Association also have a few photos on their site of Chipping Norton including one on this page.
Now, wouldn’t it be terrific to discover video of it in operation? I remember how exciting it was to see Chee Tor come to life in found Youtube footage in these two videos:
For now though it feels exciting to finally settle that memory and have found the name of this superlative model railway.
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