O Gauge; 16 x 2ft or 20 x 2ft
Had the Midland Railway’s line into Thornbury been extended to the river it would more than likely have been a light railway and it would have possibly gone to a timber yard with a small station close by. Assuming that it would not have been a very rich business it might have only been able to afford a couple of second hand locomotives and coaches which would have run a rather infrequent service as the line’s main income derived from freight. This therefore is the basis upon which Severn Mill is based.
The baseboards are of standard construction with the hand made track laid on cork. Points are operated by salvage H&M point motors and the electric’s utilise the standard cab system . The three locomotives are kit built, as is most of the rolling stock. The majority of the buildings are scratch built. The use of three link couplings give a prototypical feel when operating. The restricted head shunt behind the station building makes life rather difficult for the shunter but can give hours of amusement to some of the operators! The coal merchant, however, gets a bit peeved every time his wagons have to be shunted out of the way to allow a delivery to the wood merchant or the factory.