Ropley is based on one of ‘The Watercress Line’s’ railway stations, a preserved railway line which runs from Alton to Alresford in Hampshire. Ropley on the watercress line is where all the locos are maintained and restored back to working order. The layout offers a good operating opportunity with a 2 platform station for passing trains, on a single line working. Ropley also has 3 main workshops, and a loco yard with head shunt for some shunting operations to take place.
Ropley is based on the preserved railway called ‘The Watercress Line’ in Hampshire modelled in 2010 to 2012 time era.
Ropley has been an ambitious project to say the least! It’s never easy building a model of the real thing! Ropley has lots to offer as capturing the look of preservation is a lot different to how the real railways work. We chose the time frame as it is a time where so much happens in such a short period of time.
Ropley has many features built into the layout. Some are even still being created. Some of these are
- Fully detailed railway sheds which include, boiler shop, carriage shed, and main locomotive workshop.
- Locos modelled to how they were under restoration in that time frame.
- Working lights
- A working Wheel drop ( still being built )
- A detailed head shunt with locos awaiting a place in the workshops