The Cambrian Pages

Modelling the Cambrian lines


The GWR period

The Cambrian lines of the GWR are a popular choice among modellers, and there have been some excellent layouts depicting the post-grouping GWR days or the BR(W) period.

Modellers wishing to portray this post-1923 era can (given the right choice of location) draw on the various kits and RTR models available for the standard GWR stock that operated the line during these periods.

To find out what stock is appropriate for these periods, you could have a look at the fairly good range of books that are available about the Cambrian (see below).

The Pregrouping period

If you are interested in modelling the Cambrian Railways in their independent, pre-grouping period (or if you want to use some ex-Cambrian stock on a GWR layout) you'll need to rely on the rather limited range of kits and/or scratchbuilding.

Nevertheless, if you persevere the Cambrian in its independent years offers many rewards, including some rather good-looking liveries and stock as the following pages will show.

Cambrian Railways No. 19 built to 7mm scale, as running on the Barrowmore MRG's excellent layout "Johnstown Road" (see more on the following pages).

The "Dukedogs" have become almost iconic representatives of the Cambrian in GWR days. Here is a 7mm example, built by Ted Kanas from a Gladiator kit.

Another well-known GWR class on Cambrian lines were the Manors. This is the Bachmann OO version.

Books on the Cambrian

R. Kidner "Cambrian Railways"
Oakwood Press 1992 (sec. edition)

C. Green "Coast Lines of the Cambrian Railways"
Wild Swan 1993/2002 (two volumes)
W. Rear & M. Williams "Cambrian Coast"
Foxline 1998
R. Christiansen & R. Miller "The Cambrian Railways"
David and Charles, 1967/1971 (multiple vols)
C. Green "Cambrian Railways 1859 to 1947"
Ian Allan 1997

M Lloyd "The Tanat Valley Light Railway"
Wild Swan 1990


Some Cambrian links

Cambrian Railways Society Various info, including preservation work
Signal boxes of the Cambrian Railway Four boxes illustrated here
The story of the Cambrian Freely downloadable e-book