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Chadbury: A Town and Industrial Scape in '0' Gauge (Hardback)

Transport > Trains & Railways

By Eric Bottomley
Imprint: Pen & Sword Transport
Pages: 160
Illustrations: 150
ISBN: 9781473876323
Published: 8th November 2017



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Most people's perception of a model railway is an arrangement of track work, decorated with some buildings and a cursory backdrop rising briefly to a sloping ceiling. Not so with Chadbury. When you walk into what was a 17ft square, double garage, you enter another world. The eyes look up before they look down at a painted backdrop, which is 8ft high and painted in oils, with watercolour landscapes of the Pennine hills. A dark satanic sky rises above the 'Cliff' cotton mill, which is 7ft wide to a tower top at 40 inches high, along with with 166 windows.

As you enter, on the left you see a canal basin surrounded by factories that continue around the layout until the town of Chadbury is reached. The doorway is bridged by a girder bridge, which completes a continuous circular track. To the left lies the shed area, to the right lies the station. At a lower level to the main layout lies a street lined with terraced houses and further industrial and wharf buildings serving another canal. Creating the various buildings has been a great interest of to the author who has demonstrated how he builds and weathers them in the book. All the buildings light up, providing both a daytime and night-time look to the layout.

It is DCC operated, and the loco stock is ex-LMS and LNER in a begrimed BR livery. Notes on materials used, tips on weathering and building dimensions are all there to help, and hopefully inspire, the would-be modeller. The book includes over 100 photographs and a detailed track plan.

Well known for his superb transport paintings Eric Bottomley has also created a fine indoor O gauge layout based on an industrial town with more than a hint of Oldham. It’s an inspiring book, well illustrated but practical too, with lots of hints on how to create examples of realistic model buildings. You might never guess that finials on mill domes are repainted cake candle holders but that’s an example of his ingenuity. A good read for anyone aspiring to create a classy scenic model railway.

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About Eric Bottomley

Eric Bottomley was born in Oldham in 1948. He studied art and crafts at the Oldham School of Art, leaving in 1964 to pursue a career in commercial art. As a freelance artist and illustrator, he specialised in industrial and transport subjects. He set up a studio in Wimborne Minster and later, in 1979, became a member of the Guild of Railway Artists. In the 1980s, Eric moved to Much Marcle, Herefordshire, where he often painted the local scene and its industries. Eric has covered most forms of transport, producing work for private commissions and corporate customers. He now lives in South Devon, where he continues to paint and pursue his other great railway passion, that of modelling the railways and industrial scene of his youth, in 0 Gauge.

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