Tintagel

Scale: 4 mm Scale/OO Gauge

Ian Wilkins

Tintagel Road recreates the atmosphere of the North Cornwall Line during the 1930s. Built by the London & South Western Railway in stages from 1879, it finally reached Padstow in 1899. Whilst mainly dependent on farming, fishing and quarrying for its existence, it carried a profitable traffic of holidaymakers during the summer months.

Camelford Station, which served nearby Tintagel, forms the basis of this model. Track and building plans from specialist prototype societies, and photographs were used in the construction. The incorporation of some additional sidings required a change of name, hence Tintagel Road. The timetable is based on the Southern Railway’s versions for the period 1930-1939.

Baseboards are constructed from plywood framing with a chipboard top. Track is SMP, with SMP and hand-built points. Buildings are made from Plasticard on balsa frames, and the scenery uses the methods and products of Jack Kine.

Large turntables form the fiddle yards; these are rotated at intervals during the timetable sequence to turn the stock, which minimises handling and damage to small detail.

Rolling stock is mostly kit-built, with some scratch-built and modified proprietary items. Locomotives are mainly powered by Portescap or John Brook’s modified XO4 motors, controlled by hand-held versions of Gaugemaster 100 Controllers.

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One thought on “Tintagel

  1. Dear Ian
    Excellent model, I was wondering is the station an exact copy of the one at Camelford? If so do you still have the plans as I was looking into building a model of it myself.
    Many Thanks
    Edward

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