Volume 19 Issue 1 April 2016

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Ashburton railway station

Ashburton station, along with the rest of the branch from Totnes, was opened by the Buckfastleigh, Totnes and South Devon Railway on 1 May 1872. The railway was amalgamated into the Great Western Railway in 1897 and this in turn was nationalised into British Railways on 1 January 1948. The station closed to passengers in

November 1958 although goods traffic on the line continued until 7 September 1962.

The station was briefly re-opened by the Dart Valley Railway on 5 April 1969 following which occasional works trains operated but the station was closed finally in 1971 when the track bed between Ashburton and Buckfastleigh was needed for improvements to

the A38 dual carriageway. We can only hope that such road schemes today would be more considerate of such unique history.



The station buildings with the important overall roof and the nearby goods shed both still stand as reminders of the town's railway past. The overall roof is one of the last remaining GWR ones in the country, but there are plans to knock down the station and redevelop the area. This is such a pity that such an important railway building will be lost for ever. Some people are trying to save it feel free to visit https:// and you can sign a petition to save the station at

And the superb model by Tony and Jane Minchin, brought out of mothballs for TWWTP 10th April.


More images of this layout will appear in the next issue.

The Birth of Waldstadt (or doing it on the cheap)

By Derek Gibbin, ably assisted by Alison


It all began with the need to dispose of an old dressing table, was there anything reusable? As it turned out, a very usable piece of plywood. Cut it in half and I could get two very manageable micro layouts..... hmmm, the cogs began to creak.

Some lengths of softwood from the packaging on a new washing machine were cut to size and used to make a frame for the board. Plans were made and scrapped but eventually a viable factory siding plus goods yard appeared from the fog. It would require the use of a sector plate because of the short length of the layout. This turned out to be an off cut off chipboard (plus more washing machine timbers) with a length of the thickest plasticard I had to hand pinned to it and a length of track glued on top. Crude, but it worked! My brother in law had given me a large piece of white plastic, originally intended for a bath panel, from which were cut the sections for the backscene. These were painted with emulsion tester pots from Wilko's in two shades of blue to give the fading effect towards the horizon and once fitted were braced with a length of right angle plastruct down each corner. A Metcalfe factory and boiler house kit was built and placed in the corner to allow the chimney to obscure the corner of the backscene. This gave the base line for the factory siding, and, after weathering away from the layout (I find it much easier), the goods yard track-work was positioned accordingly with a siding to supply coal to the boiler house plus act as a reception/ departure siding. To this was added a yard siding plus a siding for the goods shed. The mind next turned to point operation, the remains of used sparklers from the previous bonfire night turned out to be the answer. With the wire cleaned up and slightly filed down at the end to fit the holes in the points, a bit of careful lining up gave successful operation. One electrical feed to the layout and one to the sector plate did the trick with a chocolate block connector on the back of the layout to attach the controller.