Leedham Mill

The Leedham Mill stood at the end of track in Port Rowan and was the main customer for the railway in the town in the era I’m modelling. I consider it one of the signature scenes on the line – and it’s the first thing visitors will see when they enter the layout room.

As I write this, we’re well into the stay-at-home orders for the COVID-19 pandemic, and I’ve been using the time to make progress on the structures that comprise the mill. These are almost entirely scratch-built.

There’s still some detailing work to do (isn’t there always?), but given that it’s taken me several years to tackle these, I’m pleased with the progress so far.

Published by Trevor

Lifelong model railway enthusiast and retired amateur shepherd who trained a border collie to work sheep. Professional writer and editor, with some podcasting and Internet TV presenting work thrown in for good measure.

6 thoughts on “Leedham Mill

  1. One of your photos from the Leedham mill shows what appears to be a coal shed. Is it? If so, do you have the plans that you might consider publishing.


    1. Hi Philip:
      Yes, there’s a coal shed there. A coal shed has come up a few times in my research on Port Rowan. That said, I have never found photographs of the shed so I simply used an scale craftsman kit once offered by Ridgehill Scale Models.


      1. Thanks
        Your shed is similar to what appears to have been one that I saw this summer in Uxbridge on the York Durham Heritage Railway.

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  2. Trevor,

    The mill sure looks like a nice little complex of interesting buildings. I like the ivy covering the front wall, at least from what I can see, that is what I think it is.

    I have been hoping that you would start to work on the layout again, as it sure is a nice plan that can be completed in an acceptable time, as you talk about.

    Glad to see your blog again,
    Mike Schwab

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    1. Thanks Mike!

      Yes – that’s ivy. There are several trunks from mill to the ground although they’re hard to see in the photos. I was unhappy with some of the staining on the walls so the ivy was an easy and effective way to address that while adding some colour and texture to the scene.

      As for resuming work on the layout – it only took a global pandemic! 😬



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