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  1. I meant to say in my last post, Alex. Watch the Kingdom book - it is very inaccurate in places. A better one is the Oakwood Press book: The Launceston Branch (Oakwood Library of Railway History) and articles in GWR Journal 101 (Yelverton station operation), 41 (Launceston Branch operation) and 17 (Tavistock South operation). Regards, Nick
  2. Hello! Sorry for not keeping up with your thread, Alex. I've been a tad unwell since Easter and most things have dropped off the radar. Tim is right. All freight traffic to and from Princetown went to Horrabridge until closure of the branch in March 1956. There were three return freight workings during the BR period. The early morning Laira Junction to Tavistock South was the first movement on the branch and only served Tavistock: this departed Laira at around 5:10am and was usually worked by a 45xx It would get into Tavistock a little after 6:00am. Bar pinning brakes down at Yelverton tunnel stop board, the train would run non-stop to Tavistock and was generally birthed in the middle siding at the station. It did, however, convey some vehicles destined for the Launceston half of the branch, which would be worked on later by the late morning goods. This train had to run to time, as the 6:20am Tavistock passenger service, which worked up from Plymouth as an empty carriage working, was following on behind (literally one station behind I understand). If the service was running late, it would be shunted into the refuge siding at Horrabridge. Once the Plymouth auto working had taken on water at Tavistock South and subsequently departed for Plymouth, the freight working would undertake shunting in and around the station. Pit Cleeves was also worked by this service when needed, with the wagons propelled up the line (around a mile or so from Tavistock station), exchanged at the sidings and then brought back. It is also stated in a couple of books that this service sometimes took freight on up to Lydford, undertake brief shunting (as this was really the afternoon good's duty) and the head back to MaryTavy and shunt that siding - although that siding was taken out of use shorty before, or during the war, so I don' think it happened often during the BR era. The second freight working on the branch was the Bickleigh and Horrabridge working, which also conveyed vehicles destined for Princetown. This service departed Laira Junction at around 7:30-8:00am and would remain at Horrabridge for a couple of hours to shunt the yard as required and place any wagons destined for Princetown in the 'up' siding in the yard. Until closure of the Princetown branch, the freight was worked via a mixed-train, with the carriages marshalled at the head of the train, wagons behind and the allocated Toad brake van at the rear. I believe, but am not totally sure, that once at Yelverton the coaches were meant to be left at Yelverton and just the freight was worked on to Horrabridge, but this would obviously create a few headaches at Yelverton as I don't think the headshunt siding to access the turntable at the station was long enough for a pair of coaches. It is possible that the coaches could have been shunted into the siding behind the signal box, but this would have been a bit of a headache on the return run. I'm quite convinced that the whole lot would have worked on to Horrabridge as it would have been easier to reform the train there using the two refuge sidings. The train would then work back to Yelverton and then form a mixed working from there to Princetown again. I think this was three times a week. Up until WW1, I think there was provision for a dedicated freight service, as Eggworth Sidings (Walkhampton Common originally) was operational then, and there were the sidings at Swell Tor Quarry. There were some sidings at Foggintor, which were called Royal Oak Sidings, but these were taken out of use in around 1904-5. I have seen Edwardian era photos of freight-only trains with half a dozen wagons or so working down from Princetown, which was probably stone traffic coming from Swell Tor quarry. However, the site was mothballed when the quarry closed in 1938, so again, no traffic there during the BR era. Between the Wars, the rulebook stated that any traffic to the quarry could be worked from Princetown to Swell Tor, shunt and then be propel back to Princetown again under the supervision of a 'capable guard'. The last goods train on the branch was the lunchtime Plymouth to Launceston service, which would shunt at Tavistock if needed before proceeding on to Launceston. This service carried goods for MaryTavy, Lydford, Coryton, Lifton and Launceston. This service departed Launceston at 3:00pm (ish) and worked back to Plymouth. It did pick up wagons on the return run from Tavistock and Horrabridge, but only when required. The only other freight working was the milk, which came from Lifton Creamery. This was handled on a passenger service, which dropped the tankers off late morning/early afternoon and another working collected the full tankers late afternoon/early evening. This was a maximum of three 6-wheeled tankers. Once Princetown station closed, all freight was worked on to Tavistock and was worked on to Princetown through BRs zonal lorry service, going out via Mount Kelly and Merrivale on the B3357 daily, which was a better service than the direct rail service as that only ran three times a week. The only exception to this, was the stone workings from the Swell Tor quarry. I think these were independently worked before WW1, but the site was mothballed when the quarry closed in 1938, so again, no traffic there during the BR era. Hope this is of some use. I think it's everything! All the best, Nick.
  3. As many others have said, I am shocked and saddened to hear this awful news. Over the past months, I’ve read a huge number of Mick’s posts and watched his video tutorials on the Missenden website. He truly was an incredibly skilled and gifted modeller, as well as a true gentleman. His death is a huge loss to the hobby and RMWeb. The tributes and words expressed by others shows what a lovely chap he was and how he will continue to be remembered and his skills passed on to others. May he rest in peace. Nick.
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    Hello, I’m having a bit of a tidy and sort of my current stock. Advertised for sale is this rather charming 5 plank private owner wagon - M. E. Evans Contractors, white and red lettering applied on top of dark-crimson paintwork. As you can see, it is effectively a brand new item (bar getting it out of the box for photographs I haven’t run it). I bought last year, but doesn’t really fit my era and it seems a shame to strip the paintwork back. Price is £12.00 Postage via Royal Mail Second Class signed for service £4.00 I’m very happy to combine and reduce the postage for multiple purchases; please send a PM if you are interested. Many thanks for looking. Nick.

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  11. Hi Alex, Haha yeah, I do like that photo. If I needed a bit of 'generic Launceston branch scenery' that would be the bit I would use! Failing that, the stretch between Grenofen Tunnel and the run into Whitchurch (photo below). Thanks for the dimensions - I think you have done a cracking job making the layout to that footprint. Your weathering is looking really good too. I'm hoping now I've had my operation that I can get back to some form of normality and get on with some modelling over the summer. All the best, Nick.
  12. Really great stuff, Alex. I've enjoyed catching up with your progress. Out of interest, what are the overall dimensions for your Yelverton layout? All the best, Nick.
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  14. I notice that Hattons have these on their website for £202. Some might disagree with me, which is fine, but it doesn’t feel right to me I have to say. Nick.
  15. Nice to see you cracking on with Callow Lane again, Tim. All the best, Nick.
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