AGM Virtual Layout Tour Layout 13
Tony Luff's Dublo
Tony Luff’s Dublo layout
From 1866 to 1964 there was a branch line from the main line station of Newton Abbot on the southwest coast of England, to deep inland, inside Dartmoor at Moreton Hampstead - a distance of about 20 kms. The route of the single-track line climbs steadily along its length through hilly and heavily-treed countryside. My layout represents a section of the line from Bovey Tracey, via the charming village of Lustleigh, to the terminus at Moreton Hampstead. It includes several small viaducts and bridges.
Typically, the line was used to supply the area with coal, grain, animal feed and fertiliser. Outward goods included beef cattle, milk, rabbits for the table, timber for pit props, ponies from Dartmoor, clay, pottery and minerals. This diverse cargo will be a key feature of the Moreton Hampstead terminus.
The period depicted is about 1952, plus or minus a few years for both the line and the Dublo trains. This was a period of transition from GWR livery to BR – so locos and rolling stock of both liveries are represented, plus a few visitors from other regions.
Many of the original stone stations, loco sheds and goods sheds have survived, although most have been repurposed. Lustleigh Station is now a private house, extended in a sympathetic style. The station at Bovey Tracey now houses the village visitor centre, with a toad van on display. Some of the original bedway has been converted to a walking track, while other sections are significantly ‘rewilded’ by the return of substantial trees.
The layout remains a work in progress. Most of the track has been laid, while my current focus is on constructing and locating buildings. Aside from modelling the trackside station and goods sheds buildings, I am including other buildings adjacent to the line, e.g., Lustleigh Church and the Cleve Public House, which give the picturesque village an air of being unchanged to this day. I intend to include the stone-railed tramway that brought granite down from Hay Tor (on Dartmoor) before completing the landscaping with ballast, grass, trees and Dartmoor ponies.
Tony & Yolande
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GWR Tank Engine in the engine shed at Moreton Hampstead
Goods Train at Bovey Station
Grain Mill at Bovey Station
about to depart
from Bovey Station