BOB HUNTER opted for Gauge 1 for his fictional North Devon station and the results are a spectacular showcase of what can be achieved in large scales. Photography, Trevor Jones.
Being a Pompey lad and growing up in the heart of the Southern Region (SR) this layout was always going to feature Southern steam. However, with a love of Western Region (WR) diesel-hydraulics the location had to cover both. The era would be 1964 to 1968, so that Southern steam can work alongside the diesels. This being Gauge 1, an area where short trains were common was essential. North Devon seemed ideal and after a look at a map of the area, Hatherleigh was the perfect location.
Above: An aerial view of the layout looking from the road bridge towards the tunnel to Okehampton and the truncated line to Halwill.