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Whitland & Cardigan Railway, 1930s (OO Gauge)


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Liking the Newport (Parrog) terminus.  Couple suggestions if I may; the section starts at the edge of the board and any shunting movement in the goods yard will block it.  As this is going to be a bit busier than the other yards on the branch and shunting movements are likely to clash with passenger running around moves, I would have thought a headshunt would have been put in.  Ideally it needs to be as long as the longest siding, no.1 road, but you can get away with a lot less.  My mental image of this terminus is that it is on the south bank of the river where it enters the harbour, and you have room for a headshunt before what I assume would have been a level crossing over the A487.

 

A kick back road off the end loading road for the cattle dock, no.4, might serve the need for fish traffic.

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Thanks for the suggestions.

 

Perhaps I can make this board longer - 300cm rather than 240cm. Good idea about the fish traffic. I will change the shape of the cattle dock - I just used the one I built for the other station - having two identical ones wouldn't look great. I added the bay road to cater for increased passenger traffic during the summer months, as it's a holiday destination and would have been a useful source of revenue back then?

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Did you look at Cardigan? That’s the obvious template, of course.

I think Cardigan’s headshunt was (part of) the very long run round loop.

Should the turntable be on the station side of the engine shed?

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21 minutes ago, Harlequin said:

Did you look at Cardigan? That’s the obvious template, of course.

 

Oh yes! I was looking at modelling Cardigan earlier this year and drew up a track plan, but the layout is awkward as it's on a huge curve (see below). I think it would look good in the corner of a room, or more like along two walls either side of a corner. The plan I drew up for Newport is a hodge-podge of Cardigan, Boncath and Newcastle Emlyn really.

 

Cardigan v.3.0.jpg

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Right, after a lot of dithering I put the Inglenook Siding idea to bed and am back on this one now. However, I'm going to concentrate on Whitland Shed (I will simplify the track plan I came up with last year as I think the board will look too crowded). Whether this leads onto further development of the line, I will have to wait and see, but this should keep me occupied for a while :P

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Slight changes to the plan - the shed looks a lot longer from the pics I have, it looks like it would have housed at least two locos, so I've extended that; also removed the spur to the turntable as this isn't in pictures from the 1950s; finally, I replace one of the turnouts with a Y turnout as it looks slightly better.

 

Whitland Shed v.3.2.jpg

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Some historical pic so you can see what I'm aiming for:

 

Whitland Shed, 1930s

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Whitland Shed, 1954 - note the new building that replaced the original one.

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Whitland Shed Interior, 1938

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Nice bit of detail on the first photo, the canvas weather dodger folded under the cab roof and secured with it's leather straps.  This is included on the Triang Hornby 2721.

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A couple more tweaks.

 

I have a track diagram with the mileage siding capacities written on and it does bring home how compressed we have to make a layout for it to fit the available space. The sidings should really be twice as long as they are.

 

Whitland Shed v.3.3.jpg

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The proportions of your plan look a bit wrong to me. The very long very shallow angle on the right squeezes the shed to the left. Could you get that track to turn a bit more and open up the angles? Maybe have a look at the old mapping web sites.

 

I think you really need two loco lines beside the shed because you can see in the photos that the coaling shelter was over the outer line with a coal wagon standing beneath it.

 

If you moved the turnout for the "14 mileage" to the left and/or the TT to the right the TT would fit more naturally in the angles between the lines.

 

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