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The new baseboards for the extended version of Cranborne have just been installed, I now have a continuous to replace the test track.

It all looks very big and it was certainly a hefty lump to shift (eight 1200 x 1000 and two 1500 x 1000 boards) but as soon as the track goes down it will seem so small.

The trackplan will need tweaking and I have not decided whether to lay a double or single track, the loco shed is no longer required and the cottages have been binned. A less is more approach with hardly any buildings apart from those directly part of the railway infrastructure and the only other structures are a Dutch barn and Nissen hut as I am trying to replicate the 'feeling' of remoteness in West Dorset*. You get the idea by looking at Tapley, in a recent Model Rail, despite its GWR origins it is very much a railway set amongst landscape.

Another couple of years will see lots of sunken lanes and Ham stone structures being built, I want to see nothing but the gentle rolling downs with a train threading its way through.


* For those who familiar with the area, Cranborne is in East Dorset, on the eastern end of Cranborne Chase.
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QUOTE A less is more approach
Indeed. Some exhibition layouts can be a real assault on the senses as a result of all the things that get added.

I like the way the track work flows.

this looks like a layout I could be following for a long time; Your initial photos show great promise, please keep us updated!


I look forward to seeing it develop. I like the sound of having trains thread their way through the downs. Would be very pleasing on the eye.
If you've got a 'Dorset Layout', thought I'd give you a Dorset Song for Xmas.

Linden Lea (a Dorset Song), Words by William Barnes, Music by Ralph Vaughan Williams. Sing the 3rd verse proud 72C, sing it proud mate.

'Ithin the woodlands, flow'ry gleaded,
By the woak tree's mossy moot,
The sheenen grass bleades, timber-sheaded,
Now do quiver under voot;
An' birds do whissle auver head,
An' water's bubblen in its bed,
An' ther vor me the apple tree
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.

When leaves that leately wer a-springen
Now do feade 'ithin the copse,
An' painted birds do hush ther zingen
Up upon the timber's tops;
An' brown-leav'd fruit's a-turnen red,
In cloudless zunsheen, auver head,
Wi' fruit vor me the apple tree
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.

Let other vo'k meake money vaster
In the air o' dark-room'd towns,
I don't dread a peevish measter;
Though noo man do heed my frowns,
I be free to goo abrode,
Or teake agean my hwomeward road
To where vor me the apple tree
Do lean down low in Linden Lea.

Cheers and beers
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Looking good, blow by blow account as the project gathers pace, please.

The layout looks excellent and the track work is very nice indeed.

Some more pictures would be brilliant as you progress.
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