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Author Topic: Wiltsbury Junction - Inspired by Westbury  (Read 28874 times)

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Re: Wiltsbury Junction - Inspired by Westbury
« Reply #1050 on: Yesterday at 05:45:35 PM »
The street named Turntable road is on the site of the old locomotive depot demolished in the early 70s and now housing.
And Frogmore Pond is North East of the station located just to the west of the station avoiding line just South of the East chord.the pond is literally 200 yards North of Railway Inn.

Marin, sorry I got my directions wrong - you're right, of course. I tend to think of anything between the station and the town as being south. Without re-checking (unwise) I think the station tracks are SW/NE.

What was the function of the locomotive depot? Was that the original engine shed? It certainly explains why the turntable was there. The Ordnance Survey (1941 revision) shows the engine shed (eight tracks; four inside), turntable, and coaling station together with the cattle pens next to the station. the goods shed was about halfway between the station and the engine shed. The grouping of all but the goods station and cattle pens are confirmed in photographs, and I expect that somewhere there are photos of those two facilities. So I got the engine shed and coaling station right (within reason) and fictionalized the location of the goods shed on my layout. I decided to use the available siding on the right side, near Frogmore Pond, and ignore the need for a turntable (duh!) for lack of room. We've discussed this before, but my comment to Chris was because of my lack of clarity about the original purpose for the siding passing under the stone bridge. That post to Chris motivated me to look again for an explanation and I discovered the aerial photograph and the name of a street identified with a railroad turntable. Too bad the Britain from Above photo doesn't extend further to the NE, for I suspect the engine shed and turntable were there in 1929. However, your explanation is appreciated and further confirms what I'd deduced when I saw Turntable Place.

As stated previously, while I couldn't model the Westbury Junction with fidelity I have tried really hard to understand the development and function of the station. My layout represents a GWR station and junction in 1939 with characteristics of Westbury. I've visited the station twice, exercised extensive online research, and acquired a couple of books with photographs and descriptions of the station. Further, I've had invaluable guidance from Martin! Am I satisfied? No, but I've done the best I can!

Leon
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Re: Wiltsbury Junction - Inspired by Westbury
« Reply #1051 on: Yesterday at 08:14:31 PM »
Indeed the locomotive depot was the old engine shed with the turntable at the rear accessed by a track alongside the depot. The coaling stage was on the same side but at the front of the depot.
Laurence, Iíve got a fair few books so Iíll see if I can find you more photographs over the next few days.
Martin

By the way, I think your layout does a fair job of representing Westbury.
If it looks right then it most probably is right.


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Re: Wiltsbury Junction - Inspired by Westbury
« Reply #1052 on: Yesterday at 09:22:16 PM »
Fair as in not doing Westbury an injustice?  :D As it appears today, it's only a fair representation of any station, but I'm working to upgrade that assessment. It's still one step forward and two backward, though. I've put my locomotives in safe storage and moved much of my other rolling stock into the tunnels. Once again, I've lifted track and am preparing to re-lay with adjustments made necessary by adding buildings and bridges to the layout. This phase will take a little time, but I"m going on vacation in ten days so it will be a long time before I can show the changes.

Leon
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Re: Wiltsbury Junction - Inspired by Westbury
« Reply #1053 on: Today at 06:26:50 AM »
That sounds like perseverence to me!
With kind regards
Laurence
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