Bowaters Paper Mill Railway is a new O-16.5 gauge layout under construction.
Based on the Paper Mill at Kemsley in the 1960s, this was the last steam 2ft 6in gauge industrial railway in Britain. It closed in 1969.
Logs and raw materials arrived at Ridham Dock - a Medway estuary inlet and were transported to Kemsley to be processed.
The Mill still exists, north of Sittingbourne in Kent, built on the marshes of the Swale estuary, at Kemsley. Part of the line has been preserved as a heritage line (Sittingbourne and Kemsley Light Railway) running many of the locos originally used
A great deal of research has been done to gather as much material about the Kemsley Mill and surrounding buildings and although the whole site cannot be depicted, we have tried to capture a sense of the place and show as much as possible.
The layout will be presented as a diorama through a proscenium arch.
The layout plan is complete, buildings have been mocked up to check positioning and the baseboard frames have been completed. The stock is being built using 3D printing along with brass kit/scratch building for the locos.