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Various railway orientated modelling projects in my new workshop/railway room.

New Project

New Year is coming and it’s time to start a new project.

I am going to build a new, permanent home layout based on Tavistock South which was the Great Western station at Tavistock, in West Devon. I was inspired by an article in the Great Western Echo- magazine of the Great Western Society. The article included an aerial photograph of the station which shows how tight it fitted into the landscape and makes an ideal prototype for a model.

It will be interesting to make the station building with its overall roof and there are quite a few small, interesting building as well.

I have drawn the plan out using Templot and found I could fit it into the 11 feet that I have space for. It did mean some adaption of the original layout. I have excluded the turntable and locomotive works and also shortened some of the sidings. As it is not exact I have decided to call the layout ‘Tavistowe’, courtesy of an idea given to me by Iain Rice!

I have decided to buy some accurate laser cut baseboards and have plumped for those produced by Tim Horn.

The main period I am going to depict is 1948-1950, ie just after nationalisation. 1948 being my year of birth! This allows a lot of pre nationalisation stock as well as some in the early BR liveries.

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4 thoughts on “New Project

  1. Job Weessies on said:

    Looking forward to the progress of your station. I’m also interested to see what rolling stock you will use to serve the station. Will you use real timetables for working the line.

    • Thanks for your comment. Stock will be a mixture of what ran on the line – 45xx Prairie, 64xx Pannier with Autocoach- as well as what I fancy! Privilege of running ones own railway. I will probably run to a sequence but not real timetables- not busy enough for a model railway…..

  2. Having grown up near to Tavistock (sadly long after the railways closure) really looking forward to seeing this develop.

  3. Eric Lobb on said:

    I built this about twelve years ago in 4mm it was a lovely model to run.

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