Devizes in OO Scale – My New Home Model Railway Layout

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Hello All,

Here we see my new home layout in operation which is set in the South West of England at the town of Devizes in the area of Wiltshire between the 1900s and 1960s.

The layout has three main scenes that make up its 11 x 11-foot space or 3.5 x 3.5 metres.

Firstly, is the station area of Devizes. This features the beautifully recreated Devizes station which consists of an Up and a Down line for services heading to London via the Reading to Taunton Mainline or the other way using the Wessex Mainline from Southhampton to Bristol Temple Meads via Holt Junction.

It also has a third platform with a loop and one long siding next to the controls for the layout.

The yard consists of a goods shed (to be repaired) with two main goods roads with a station cattle dock/milk churn pickup and drop off point and a double slip which leads into the goods shed and an end to end siding across the road of the goods shed prescient.

The second scene which features the iconic Fish Bridge and the bridge over the Kennet and Avon Canal is the link to the Bromham & Rowde Halt which has been faithfully recreated.

The next section is Pans Lane Halt which after going through a tunnel under the faithfully recreated Devizes Castle the train makes its way into Devizes or into Fiddle Yard of eight tracks.

I’m yet to purchase more GWR locos and stock so my other locomotives have been filling in as motive power for passenger and goods services.

More episodes are to come throughout this year and into the next.

History of the line:

This Great Western branch line was completed in 1857 by the Wilts, Somerset & Weymouth Railway, an independent company with GWR financial backing.

In 1862 the GWR extended its Reading to Hungerford line westward via Pewsey to Devizes, creating a direct link from London Paddington to Bristol which was quicker than any other line.

Devizes was regularly considered by the GWR as a major stop on its London to Bristol line but this location was soon to loose out to Swindon when the Stert to Westbury link was built to reduce journey time by avoiding the steep grades into Devizes.

Hence, the busiest period for this branch line was over however it returned to being a branch line in 1900.

During the Second World War however traffic increased as prisoner of war trains passed through heading for a POW camp just outside of Devizes.

However, on Tuesday 22nd of August 1961, there was a major landslide at Lydeway on the mainline West of Patney which blocked the Lavington route for several weeks.

Thus long express trains with 10 or 12 cars were re-routed through Devizes giving more traffic to this line before its eventual closure five years later in 1966.

The line and all its stations were closed to traffic in 1966. Most of the line was ripped up as the controversial Beeching Axe took its toll on many branch lines throughout the former Great Western system under the flag of the Western Region of British Rail.

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