Motive power: Electric
The fictitious layout of Hadley, Stonybrook and Swale Railway (HSSR) is a narrow gauge railway set in the late 1940s. It provides a rail link between the Clee hills of Shropshire, which are visible in the distance, and the terminus of the Staffordshire Moorland Light Railway (SMLR) at Blakecaster, which has limited road connections to the outside world, its main connection being the narrow gauge railway laid along a narrow ridge across the infamous Patchway Bog.
The town of Swale, which takes its name from the surrounding low-lying moist ground, is close to the marshy edge of the Patchway Bog. The single track line which used to run on the ridge over the bog to Blakecaster has unfortunately partially sunk into the quagmire due to the recent heavy rains. The workers in Stonybrook mine are currently working hard extracting stone and gravel to be transported by road and farm tracks from Hadley to help repair the submerged track and eventually allow that route to be reopened.
Swale is connected to Hadley by a viaduct over a stony brook. Occasionally fishermen make their way down the steep slopes to the brook but rarely catch anything.
The tea room at Hadley station does a roaring trade with ramblers who are attracted to the area by the interesting walks over the nearby hills. Some stay at the Miners Arms which provides very comfortable accommodation (well behaved dogs allowed), is renowned for its cooked breakfasts, and has an excellent choice of evening meals. Bookings are currently being taken for weekend breaks; packed lunches available on request.
The station master at Hadley is well known for his love of cats, you may see some of them near the station enjoying the company of the passengers on the platform, or hunting for mice underneath the tea room. The engine shed beyond the station area provides servicing and repairs for all the rolling stock in this area.