In Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings, Bree is a small town on the Great Road east of Hobbiton.It is populated mostly by hobbits. In 2005 the area around Bree was enclosed by a return loop. The siding going off to top left of the loop served a mine at Moria. The return loop was unnecessary for operations and it was later removed.
|Originally Bree consisted of a couple of cottages and a station consisting essentially of a box painted in LT&S colors with a roof on it. We built three of these simple stations so we would have some structures on the layout during a visit of the Georgia Garden Railway Society in 2006.|
|As the original #1 leaves Bree pulling a long freight, it crosses the 12' viaduct cast in three sections. The viaduct leads onto a 65' trestle that runs all the way to Hobbiton.|
|There was a farm with a barn and windmill near Bree. Bree is to the right of this photo.|
|The short siding seen in this 2013 photo was built for loading cattle onto stock cars bound for the meat packing plant at Gridley. We planned to build a cattle pen and loading facility by this siding. Notice that the barn has been repainted and now has an advertisement on it for a site that became famous in the War of the Rings.|
|In 2014, a road was built from Bree to Rivendale using polymerized sand. The cattle loading siding was moved and a feed lot was built beside it. The farm house and barn were also relocated.|
|Stoutfoot Brewery was built on the Bree siding in 2014. The Red Pony Inn is to the left.|
|Other than the new road, not much had changed in the center of town by 2014 except that the temporary railroad station had been replaced by a small passenger platform. Passengers bought their tickets at the Red Pony Inn.|
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