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.
It’s summer, so not much going on on the Boltorr branch at the moment.
I’ve just acquired a nice book, however:
Cornish Traction, Stephen Heginbotham, et al. 2018 Amberley Publishing. UK.
Excellent for checking out how diesels look after a hard life on the roads of the south west.
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.
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.
Just idling a few moments, messing about with photo-editing…
Now with background…
Background image by Jamie Halton
A slideshow of images on the Marsh Mills- Launceston branch in 1962.
The Boltorr branch would have split off, north-eastwards across Dartmoor.
Around that time I was lucky enough to visit a few times the Tavistock Junction signal box. The signalman was Fred Morrish, a friend of my dad’s.