The Fiction

Combe Bay is a small coastal town. Its station was once owned by the Southern Railway, but it is now the summer of 1970 and Combe Bay has become part of British Rail's Western Region. Although it is owned by the Western, the station still retains many features which betray its Southern parentage.

The passenger service to Combe Bay is rather limited. Most of the workings are formed by diesel multiple units, but locomotive-hauled passenger trains do make the occasional foray along the branch. The line also sees frequent freight workings to the small factory and goods yard.

Locomotives from both the Western and Southern Regions can be seen at Combe Bay. The larger Type 4 diesels are banned from the branch. Most trains are worked by North British Type 2 diesel-hydraulics (Class 22), BRCW Type 3 Cromptons (Class 33) and Beyer-Peacock Type 3 Hymeks (Class 35).

If you wait long enough, you might see a rare locomotive from further afield working along the branch. Sulzer Type 2s (Class 25), Brush Type 2s (Class 31) and English Electric Type 3s (Class 37) have been known to visit Combe Bay.

The Facts

Combe Bay was built as a replacement for the Solent Sea layout. It was left uncompleted for many years but when unearthed during the move to the new clubroom several of us agreed it should be finished with provision to link it to Pengwynn Crossing.

Before this work had even commenced feeling the pressure of too little space and too many projects the layout was disposed of to one of the club members who vowed to see the job through.

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