Field visit part one
I got to Croft this morning on my way to visit my sister and took these and other pics of views where Google Earth is less than helpful. I'm going to have to alter the slope on the field North of the village as it is too steep for a cricket ground, though the heights are much greater overall than I'm modelling.
Firstly the station site. Apart from how overgrown it is, I was a little surprised by how compact it is. The rear boundary is close enough for the station building not to fit the site if turned sideways. The rows of buildings behind the station are in Belgrave Terrace and comprise-
with back to the station in order along Belgrave Terrace- large Victorian semi with rear extension, detatched house that looks as if it was intended to be part of a terrace, two detatched bungalows with the first on top of the embankment and the second at the bottom, three pairs of thirties semi-detatched bungalows, and lastly a modern detatched house (too modern for the layout)
Opposite side of Belgrave Terrace, facing the station- Corner shop with idiosyncratic extension along Belgrave Terrace, access to yards, terrace of eight houses with the last having a modern extension, Baxby Terrace (street), modern bungalow, thirties semi and two more modern bungalows.
On this subject, the closeness of the higher of the two detatched bungalows. This one is built on the top of the bank behind the station buildings. The tree house seems almost to be buit on the end of the conservatory. Beneath the fence there used to be the end of the platform and the carriage dock, which had a track running behind it which isn't shown on the OS map I got from Darlington library.
I'll probably use the tree house as a feature. The trees will help shield the fact that the bungalow won't be exactly right. There are some continental bungalows with the right roofline but these are a little ornate. I did at least confirm what I had thought which is that the two detached bungalows were probably the same when built. Front views later some time.
The chapel is actually too far from the station to be on the model, being at the bottom of Baxby Terrace. However, the row of terraced houses behind the station has a modern extension at the end furthest from the main road, so I'll put a chapel in here before Baxby Terrace..
Again, the Comet is too far from the station to be modelled in the right place. . I'll put a pub just beyond Baxby Terrace in the spot where the first modern bungalow stands. I may have to move the modern semi down the road a little. Note in the picture above how close the back of the chapel is to the back of the pub....
Looking down Hurworth Road from the station overbridge showing how steep it is, and that the road bends to the left before then right just after Belgrave Terrace. This will help with the curve of the backscene at this point. On each side of Hurworth Road are terraces of three houses on the hill, with the lowest one having a complete floor more than the uppermost. More kits to be built in the wrong order..... The green shop on the right shows Belgrave Terrace. The Station entrance is a gate on the corner opposite the shop.
The pedestrian-only entrance to the up platform from Hurworth Road. This will be at the very front of the model. The hedge will be along the front edge of the baseboard here. Banks Terrace is too far from the station to be modelled.
A close-up of the Hurworth Road overbridge. The grey seems to be modern reinforcement for the embankment.
Lastly, a distant view of the overbridge that will frame the North end of the visible part of the layout. Note that the track is actually in cutting for the entire distance between the bridges.
I'll lower the embankment to the right to give a view into the railway and not model trees along the full length of the embankment to the left. Just to the left of the bridge in the distance is a farm. If I do go along with the idea of a cricket pitch I'll probably omit the farm altogether and use foliage around the bridge on both sides of the line to hide the exit hole in the backscene. It helps that there are a lot of trees above the station just South of Hurworth Road bridge and that the houses here (Railway Terrace) are far enough from the railway to be off the front of the layout.
Plenty to think about....