Sunday, 23 August 2009
Two railway models with common themes – each is set in South Devon in the heyday of steam on the Great Western Railway. Both use N-gauge track and share a collection of locomotives and rolling stock. Ashburton is a small working diorama of a well-known branch line terminus while Totnes is a larger continuous circuit.
Ashburton was first exhibited at Bletchley in 1997 and appeared in Model Railway Journal issue 94 back in 1997 and more recently in the Railway Modeller of January 2011 and British Railway Modelling of July 2012. Its next outing will be at Bournemouth on 16 and 17 February 2013.
Totnes made its exhibition debut at Railwells in August 2008 and was featured in the January 2009 issue of British Railway Modelling magazine and issue No 205 of the Model Railway Journal. Recent outings were at Doncaster on 13-14 February 2010, when it received the British Railway Modelling "Layout of the Year" award, Aylesbury on 29-30 May 2010, St Albans on 15-16 January 2011, were it was awarded the Denis Moore cup for the best scenic layout and Uckfield on 20 and 21 October 2012.