Introduction

Welcome to Modbury - a fictitious Great Western finescale model railway being built to 2mm Finescale standards, that is 2mm to 1 foot scale (1:152). The track gauge is 9.42mm.

This website is intended to showcase the layout, the rolling stock and to document the techniques used during it's construction.

The Place

Modbury is a small town in the South Hams district of South Devon. It was never served by a railway, the nearest lines being the GWR's main line skirting the southern reaches of Dartmoor, and the Kingsbridge branch from it. However, had things gone differently Modbury could well have been served by the South Devon Railway.

Originally, the South Devon Railway had intended to build their line down from Paignton, crossing the River Dart somewhere near Dittisham, then continuing the line along the western bank of the River Dart to Dartmouth and thence along the coast to Slapton before turning westward towards Kingsbridge before heading north-west towards Aveton Gifford, Modbury, Yealmpton and hence to Plymouth.

SDR Route
Assumed original route of the South Devon Railway across the South Hams district of Devon.

The Model

In my imagination, the South Devon Railway built the Exeter to Plymouth line to their initial plans as a single track line built to Brunel's Broad Gauge, and along with other stations along the line provided a two platform passing place at Modbury. After the South Devon was absorbed into the GWR in the 1870's, the latter company built the more direct Newton Abbot to Plymouth line skirting the southern reaches of Dartmoor leaving my imaginary route as little more than cross country branch. It is assumed that the original South Devon line would have been built as Brunel's Baulk Road, which would have been "narrowed" along with the rest of the remaining Broad Gauge on that fateful weekend in May 1892. My model is set some 14 years after the gauge conversion, and it is in that narrowed form that I am modelling my track work.

The layout is about 10' 0" long, having a central scenic section of about 6' 0", and 20" train tables at each end to serve as fiddle yards.

Layout Plan
Layout plan

The layout is operated from the front (the bottom side of the above plan), the traintable on the left representing Plymouth and the West, that on the right representing Newton Abbot, Exeter and the East.