The Brymston RR is a 3ft gauge line built and operated for the mining and lumber concerns with extensive trackage. It also acts as a common carrier on some parts of its route.
One day the full history of the line may get written but for now any similarity with The Brimston Railroad in Tennessee is purely coincidental.
The first section of this tale is really a second telling. The first version was told on the NGRM online forum and copied to some other places too. After a while I decided to re-tell the tale in my own blog and then copy extracts to the various forums where comments and interactions would be encouraged. So, on with the catch up.
First a bit of background
Many of you will know me as EDM Models which I have been doing for about 25 years now. EDM Models grew out of my hobby and was for years an aside to the day job. Getting on for ten years ago now the day job offered me one of those “move to London or goodbye” type opportunities. As I moved to York to escape working in London, I took the goodbye option. EDM Models and odd bits of consultancy work then expanded to be the entire job.
I’ll be honest, recently I have been getting a bit fed up with it all. Just over a year ago I branched out in a restart of an old hobby, photography. Its been a great distraction and something not railways. More recently I have felt the need to do some modelling for me and to actually build a layout and in so doing concentrate on one scale for awhile instead of flitting all over the show with things that take my fancy but never seem to get finished.
Layout – the grand idea
When some 20 years ago we extended our house, my models moved out of the box room into what Annie tells me would be the master bedroom if we were selling as it’s the biggest. I had grand plans for a layout that filled the room and I was always going to start it `soon’ . What actually happened was that the business took over the space and with so much going on there are three workstations – 1) kit building etc 2) DCC, electrics and fiddly stuff and 3) spray booths. Add to that the 3D printers and a laser cutter even the idea of the grand layout got squeezed out.
These first two pictures are he engine sheds of the Argent Lumber Company as seen in The Last of the Swamp Rats my Mallory Hope Ferrel.
Now I am not yet wedded to it being a lumber or mining operation. Truth is I have rolling stock to justify both. The sort of busy dereliction is what appeals to me.
The next three pictures are of the real Brimstone RR in another of Mallory Hope Ferrel’s books. This one is Slow Trains Down South volume 1