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The Incredible Model Railway That Provides A Snapshot Of 1912 Semley

Former Shaftesbury resident Martin Finney has spent 23 years recreating half-a-mile of Semley, with his 40-foot long model railway.

It’s a time capsule, accurately depicting the area around the former station in 1912. The impressive model has been featured on the front cover of Railway Modeller magazine this year.

Martin Finney

Listen to our interview and learn what the model reveals about Semley’s history. You’ll hear about the short-lived racecourse, why this stretch of track was so lucrative, and how Semley station boasted a fancy footbridge because of the of local landowner’s demands.

Listen at 0:56.