1930       Waterstock      1965

Club Model No.1  —  Steam Era

Waterstock is some 20ft long and comprised of 6 (4'x2') boards as the main "scenic" model with 4 (4'x1') boards for the rear "fiddle yard". Their arrangement is shown below but the track formation is inaccurate (see over for a more accurate arrangement) :-

The track plan is based on an amalgam of Hatton Junction and Yeovil Pen Mill, Hatton being moved Southwards to rest between Oxford (Tiddington) and Thame, (See our "History of the line") and became part of the GCR/GWR joint improvement/expansion of 1897. This saw a better/faster/shorter line for the GWR to Birmingham and access to Marylebone avoiding the Metropolitan line for the GCR.

This is the first attempt for many of us at what is a fairly complex model and our resident "sparks" and full time genius Len (pass me another semi-conductor diode) Bane has had his work cut out wiring the "telephone exchange". His wiring is a work of art and it comes with a full instructional manual; all we need is some-one to interpret the manual.

We continue to experiment with ideas in construction, although some do not work out too well, & use tried and trusted construction in some cases because the materials are "free" (you can't whack it you know, but you can get a hernia from lifting it). The Donkey work is now complete and we are entering the scenic and model building phase with the addition of  midget people, vehicles etc. Len will continue wiring the fiddle yard and main boards, as we continue to change our minds as to what is required - poor Len.

If you want details of construction we can supply some of the articles written for our club newsletter or we can supply copies of the Newsletter; just contact Ken.

Left & right are views of the station.

 

Waterstock  -  A Journey & Description

 

Our model presupposes that the GWR/GCR co-operation in building the Marylebone/

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Paddington line to the Aylesbury/Princess Risborough area was continued in the hope that the GWR would have access to the industrial North East and that the GCR would be  a huge step closer to its’ dream of connecting directly with the South Coast, and thereby the Continent.

 

The Oxford to Princess Risborough connecting line via Thame was to have a major part in fulfilling the aspirations of both Companies. The Junction below Oxford was provided with a South facing connection and the line Eastward was tripled. At Waterstock the GWR line to Princess Risborough continued Eastward as a single track to Thame, while the new GCR/GWR joint line continued as a triple line to a junction with the GWR main line to Birmingham, at which connections both North and South were made with a flyover to Quainton Road (GCR).                                                                                                                                 

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Below are the village & the eastern approach.

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The “western” end looking eastward over the engine shed. A good shot, but we should have had something

“on shed”.