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I was able to obtain a 1954 WTT for the branch, which gives not only the train workings but also the engine diagrams and coach diagrams. From this I could ascertain that Allhallows was served by 12 trains a day, using three push-pull sets (one based at Gillingham, one at Gravesend and one at Allhallows).

Three H class 0-4-4 tanks, all from Gillingham shed, worked the line, as well as two class C 0-6-0 tender locos. One was from Gillingham, which worked the morning freight train in and then two passenger turns and another from Stewarts Lane, which worked a passenger train inbound and the evening freight train back to Hoo Junction. I obtained the correct locomo­tive numbers for the models from The Xpress Locomotive Register Vol.l (Xpress Publishing). The 1954 Gillingham shed workings were also quite useful and found in another Xpress Books publication, The District Controller’s View No.9.

I was very fortunate indeed, bearing in mind this is 3mm scale, that etched brass kits were avail­able for both the H and the C (from 3SMR Ltd) These kits are reductions from a larger scale and provide the etch only (no castings!). Thus the domes, chimneys and so on are what I have been able to source in 3mm; not precise but, at least for me, giving a good representation.

The push-pull sets using the branch were quite varied, but a study of the photos show that ex- LBSCR push-pull units were the mainstay in its latter years and once again, I was fortunate in that the only Push Pull kit available is a ex-LBSCR one, once again from the 3mm supplier 3SMR Ltd.





Running the model

Despite much enquiry, I have been unable to find out what, if any, freight traffic went to or started out from Allhallows. The dally freight train arrived at 06.55, the locomotive then working the 07.09 passenger to Gravesend. The locomotive came back at 18.16 on a pas­senger service from Gravesend and the freight departed at 18.35.

On the way to Allhallows, the freight train worked Cliffe, Sharnal Street Royal Naval sid­ings and the Berry Wiggins sidings near Middle Stoke. One the return journey it worked the coal yard at Stoke Junction, Sharnal Street and Cliffe before going into Hoo Junction. If anyone can throw any light on Allhallows traffic, or was it, as I suspect, just a convenient place to stable the train all day. I would be most grateful.

I can get quite a degree of satisfaction in running the 1954 timetable, adding into it four excur­sions from the London area, and an engineer’s train. Once I eliminate the long gaps between trains, it can be quite entertaining, especially if I can coerce someone else to run it with me.

I have had, indeed am still having, a great deal of satisfaction in modelling a real location .It is, however, not finished (is a model ever finished?). I still have to plant the fixed distant for Allhal­lows, but as even a 1% mile branch line has in model form of necessity to be shortened, I can­not yet decide where to put it (although I know where it should go). Knowing the area quite well,

I can look at the model and see the real place. It was nice to have a lady visitor last year, who recognised it immediately, having lived herself at Allhallows and used the branch daily.

I welcome visitors who would like to see and run Allhallows