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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

Moorscaping…

Prospect along the tracks from Boltorr Road platform
Prospect along the tracks from Boltorr Road platform
Just a progress report. Building your own world, even a tiny corner of it, is hard work!

It has always been a part of my brief to get as much elevation as I reasonably could and I have to say it’s working out.

Actually rather too well in that the Boltor Brook seems to have carved itself a fairly impressive gorge through the millennia so I’m having to rewrite the narrative a little. But there are gorges elsewhere on Dartmoor, so it’s not improbable. Besides it’s my universe, so…

The Boltor Brook has become a mighty gorge
The Boltor Brook has become a mighty gorge

Structural work on the dam’s basin is done and sealed for landscaping and water effects.

The iron rail bridge has been set in ready for track laying with a little final adjustment to the abutments to fix a couple of issues. It’s safely stored away while landscape effects go in.

Some plaster slip has escaped onto the masonry but this is easily brushed off for the most part and will be weathered, vegetised, etc when it all comes together, at some vague point in the future, or maybe in the past. You know what private universes are like.

From the dam overlook to Wynderidg trig point
From the dam overlook to Wynderidg trig point

Now the bulk of the terrain from the basin to the Boltorr road overbridge has to be set in.
Butelph's Cross (11C) and Wynderidg trig point loom above the tunnel
Butelph’s Cross (11C) and Wynderidg trig point loom above the tunnel

I’ve plotted the track of the access road to the dam with a turning point and overlook for intrepid walkers. The path progresses northish towards the road with a shortcut for sightseers from the platform.

I really have to start detailed thinking about the road overbridge and construction. This element acts as a scenic break too and has to incorporate a bus stop and normal access to the platform. This was built way before any modern disabilities’ acts, so it’s likely to be just steps down.

The permanent way and the dam access track head northish toward the Boltor road
The permanent way and the dam access track head northish toward the Boltorr road

Life is great when I rule the world. First day of spring, soon.

Boltorr Road Halt - original track plan - evolution applies
Boltorr Road Halt – original track plan. Workin’ towards – evolution applies

The Princetown Branch…

Old Princetown
Old Princetown

I have just found this blog, “Old Princetown”, by David Worth.

This particular article is made up of images of Princetown railway station, from the 1930s up until closure, collected by his late father, Gerald Worth.

While Boltorr is situated in another universe from ours, where there is another branch line over the analogue of Dartmoor, with some GWR and some LSWR/SR influence, these pictures are quite inspirational.

Take a look…

Okay… I’m back…

Just a quick post.

Summer’s gone. I’m riding my trainer bike in the cellar (although it’s 70F/21C outside! Nearly November ffs!!!)

But it’s time to think about Boltorr again.

Autocoach for Okehampton
Autocoach for Okehampton
Pause for thought…

The bridge is almost ready. The Boltorr dam/brook crossing is pretty much together and awaiting final assembly, painting and weathering, etc. I’m thinking I’m going to assemble it as a module to maintain its integrity and drop it in then think about the water. Lots of learning and fun there…

Just awaiting a couple of bullhead points from Kernow Model Rail Centre, so track laying can commence.

There are only two (interlocked) switches on this layout, so I’m not going to DCC them. Maybe a nice signal/switch frame instead?

Plenty to think about.