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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

More Nostalgia…

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kgkN5V4y9cY

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…

The Princetown Branch

Nice view of the trackbed/path including an overbridge which, I'm pleased to say, bears a resemblance to the tunnel portal on the Boltorr branch
Nice view of the trackbed/path including an overbridge which, I'm pleased to say, bears a resemblance to the tunnel portal on the Boltorr branch
The Princetown Branch – Boltorr Rd halt branches off north from some unspecified point on the Princetown line.
The mouth of Boltorr tunnel - 2mm MDF and DAS clay
The mouth of Boltorr tunnel – 2mm MDF and DAS clay

I’m fortunate that I’m able to get really good, atmospheric images from the real, but sadly now closed Princeton branch, by my own personal photographer, Jamie Halton.

Dartmoor 365 on Facebook has also been a valuable resource.

Images like these are important for me to be able to replicate the topography, vegetation and tone of my own scenery.