'Shillingstone' - MR236

 The photographic backscene is a panoramic photograph taken from Shillingstone's actual signal box. CHRIS NEVARD.

The photographic backscene is a panoramic photograph taken from Shillingstone's actual signal box. CHRIS NEVARD.

In STEPHEN SINDEN’s utopian representation of the S&DJR, Shillingstone avoided Beeching’s axe and operated long into the 1970s.

Stephen Sinden never actually set out to build a model of Shillingstone station. In fact, he didn’t intend to build a prototype location at all...


His original plan was to create a freelance layout, inspired by the Somerset & Dorset Joint Railway (S&D). But when Bachmann Scenecraft released a range of proprietary resin buildings based specifically on Shillingstone station, Stephen simply couldn’t resist...

Find out more in MR236 - OUT JUNE 1

 The Southern Railway-style concrete footbridge provides a clue as to the layout’s post-1966 setting/alternative reality. CHRIS NEVARD

The Southern Railway-style concrete footbridge provides a clue as to the layout’s post-1966 setting/alternative reality. CHRIS NEVARD