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The Hundred of Manhood and the Selsey Tramway

Always a fan of Colonel Stephens layouts this one being no exception

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On Sunday, I got to play trains on something that is mildly different for me.  This is a layout called Selsey Town which depicts the same on one of the best named railways you can imagine – the Hundred of Manhood and the Selsey Tramway (you couldn’t make it up could you?).

This line was one of Colonel Stephen’s light railways; this being engineered by him, managed by him and largely owened by him at the end.  The line was incorporated in 1896 and opened the following year.  It ran from Chichester, which was on the LBSC coast line about 25 miles west of Brighton down to Selsey which was on the coast.  It ran across predominantly flat ground but this was quite marshy (indeed, floods severed the line on a number of occassions).

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In typical Colonel Stephens style, the line was a real hotch potch of cobbled together equipment…

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