The Stodden Hundred Light Railway is a depiction of a rural railway on the borders of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire, in the mid 1930’s, just before everything changed with World War 2.
Serving the market town of Kimbolton, with its gas works and brewery, this is a branch (twig?) off the main line which runs from the iron ore pits around Kettering to Great Barford near Sandy, where connections are made with the LNER & LMS. At Pertenhall & Swineshead there is a pie factory, brickworks and coal yard.
Being an economically stretched railway the SHLR had to make do with cast off locomotives and passenger coaches from the more major railways or industrial users. With the light traffic 0-4-0 and 0-6-0 tank locomotives and 4 wheel coaches became the norm.
Because it was always short of operating engines, deals were struck with engine manufacturers for them to come and trial their new locomotives out of the public gaze. This was time when new technology, in the form of petrol and diesel locomotives was gaining ground, so there were the occasion appearances of more modern traction on SHLR trains.