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Having built the Gauge 1, 1/32nd scale layout ‘Worcester Road’ to a semi-fictitious idea (inspired by the inside of Gloucester Horton Road shed), albeit with an extra running road and based in Hereford, my next project/layout which will be my first in EM. It will see me try to re-create an actual location, well I won’t call it a layout, more a diorama of an area known as the Newton Abbot works dump, this area was situated on the other side of the locomotive works separated by a traverser.

Newton Abbot - image on Flickr

It is basically 3 storage roads off the traverser, so no room for a fully working traverser unless of course I decide to extend the length of the layout to accommodate it, which would also mean building some of the front of the locomotive works (umm seems a good idea now!). The whole diorama will be no more that 4’x2’. As a 9 year old lad I was lucky enough for my Father to have taken me to Newton Abbot station in August 1971 (family holiday in Paignton) to see my beloved ‘Warship diesels’, So with this in mind and using the excellent NBL Class 43 from Bachmann, I have decided to re-create what I saw. So the idea is to model D836 and D851 withdrawn, with nameplates removed, 839 Relentless (awaiting works attention to ‘B’ end Transmission), D838 and D6322 will also make an appearance in a withdrawn state. I plan to make the whole thing DCC, so I can have a loco or 2 with sound.

To get the whole project started I decided to scratchbuild the Newton Abbot traverser catenary using various brass angle, this was all cut to size and soldered together at the recent Cheltenham model show. Andi Dell (Dagworth, Ravenscliffe, and catenary specialist) kindly provided me with the isolators, they were then all primed and then painted using an airbrush in duck egg blue.

Next up was the small brick building to the rear of the dump, I am still trying to work out the purpose of this utility building, it does have a transformer located at the works end of the building, so maybe it is a switch room providing the power for the traverser? The main carcass for this building is none other that some spare Ratio set stone sheets, this was then coated in PVA glue (I hate using Mekpak for building construction) and the already cut to size plasticard brick sheets were then pressed firmly in place, the roof was made from 2 different thicknesses of plasticard.

Within the confines of the works dump are 3 storage tanks, the first of these which I have built is 2 panels by 2 panels wide, I used the closest pattern of tank that I could find, which was from a Wills kit, this tank along with the other 2 are supported in the air by breeze blocks. To make these I obtained some square plastruct section which was then cut to the required size and glued before priming and painting..... each wall has 55 individual squares.

The good thing about having a computer and a printer is that if a sign does not exist you can make your own, I needed some - ‘Danger Live Wires’ for the traverser catenary, after much jiggery pokery I got the required size, these were then cut from the sheet and stuck to some already cut plasticard sheet (for strength) and then the sign was satin varnished for protection.

Thats my first instalment, Kind Regards, Steve - Works Manager 83A Newton Abbot.



Three mineral wagons await collection at Hartburn. The layout will be appearing at the Derby Roundhouse on the 6th & 7th of May.



Another quick swop-body project is this blue Class 03 to become ‘2135’. Again making use of the Bachmann shell re-tool, and converted from the air-braked version, this will be a useful alternative guise for the mechanism from TOPS numbered 03 069.

Hornby Class 08 ‘08 296’ in faded blue has been re-assembled and is waiting for final weathering.

This and the following images were taken at the Stafford show in February 2017 by Paul.

Another view looking across at the quayside.

Hudswell Clarke D2508 carries out shunting work.

Those cobbles will be a good test on the Mini's hydrolastic suspension.

I think we'll need the bino's for this one.

D6320 and Western form part of a Western Region sequence.



This bracket signal has been standing at the lineside in a basic form for some time now, with the arms held in place with blu-tac. It's seen here on a test rig on the work bench, working out what can be achieved in a depth of 4 inches, 5 servos in close proximity, and ease of access.

I fabricated a thinner box and grafted it to the base tube of the signal. Now as a self-contained unit, it can be be easily taken out for future maintenance if required.

Showing underside of baseboard with signal assembly in place, and utilising a Megapoints Servo Controller, with HK 15178 servos.

With some new capping stones for the retaining wall, all we need now is a
drop of rain to get the new turf looking good. The assembly will be
held in by 2 screws hidden by some carefully positioned weeds.

The colour light was experimental (and also wrong for this application) so has now been removed..... at least that excercise is out of my system now!

Meanwhile at Hornsey Road Depot, Paul has captured three of his Lima class 47s, starting off with 1662 Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

1676 & 1910 awaiting their next turn of duty. These locos were originally detailed and finished by Greg for his Shenston Road fleet, but have since been transferred to Paul's Eastwell fleet and double motored.

Another Lima loco still in active service is class 37 number 6709 at the back.


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