Category Archives: Legend

Ex Libris: Backtracking v3

Backtracking Around Plymouth, Tavistock South & Launceston
Bernard Mills, Pen&Ink, 2018


Bernard Mills series of Then & Now books covering the railways around Plymouth have been an excellent source for setting the scene for my Boltorr branch.

So this latest book has hit the jackpot for me, since it’s focused on the very route my imaginary railway branches from.

Scouring the Book Bins…

I found this on AbeBooks; Great Western Branchline Termini (Combined Edition); Paul Karau – Guild Publishing 1977/1985. It’s an edition which combined two previous books.

Great Western Branchline Termini Combined Ed. : Karau, Guild 1977/1985
Great Western Branchline Termini Combined Ed. : Karau, Guild 1977/1985

It’s a nice copy which seems never to have been opened, although the sleeve shows signs of fading.

Anyway, it has a very interesting chapter on Princetown station; working timetables, images, track plans, building drawings, etc., and will be a fabulous inspiration for the Boltorr branch.

Turn the page...
Turn the page…

Dartmoor, Down Under

I found this interesting and very nice layout of Princetown, situated in Australia where the general standard of railway modelling seems to be very high.

So I thought I’d post a link and give myself something to aspire to.

Snowplough awaiting the blizzard at Princetown
Snowplough awaiting the blizzard at Princetown

Unfortunately, the write up doesn’t mention the creator’s name, but thanks whoever you are.

British Railway Modellers of Australia | Princetown

On the way to Princetown
On the way to Princetown

Ordnance Survey: 137 – 1928 edition

OS137 - 1928
OS137 – 1928

By sheer chance, quantum pairing, or harmonic convergence if you like, some years ago I was fortunate enough to receive a 1928 reprint Ordnance Survey “Contoured Road Map”, one inch to the mile, number 137, linen-backed, as a present. Very nice.

This covers an area bound by Launceston – pronounced, “Lanson” – and Callington, Cornwall, and Okehampton and Tavistock, Devon, the very epicentre of the legendary, and somewhat ethereal Boltorr branch.

OS Map 137, 1928
OS Map 137, 1928

The "B" side
The “B” side

It turns out this includes the very focus of the railway which exists only in my mind’s eye.

If you’d care to examine the entire map – click on the image for a larger version – you’ll find the location of the Boltorr branch somewhere along the Tavy, by-passing Okehampton, on its way from Tavistock to Moretonhampstead and, eventually, Exeter.

PS: I dare say this is extremely well copyrighted so please only use as an item for review or education. Thank you.