Calstock Halton Quay – The net step in the Calstock Chronicles – O16.5
Calstock’s Halton Quay takes the Calstock theme one step further, and models the new quays that were provided downstream to Calstock.
Because of lack of port facilities the mines around Calstock found difficulty in expanding. These facilities were opened up primarily so that the ore could be exported to South Wales. Due however to silting the new port was not a full success and the last ore was exported via the ECMR and Halton Quay in 1908. Halton Quay still exists to this day.
Like its predecessor, the railways at Halton Quay are indeed pure fiction; however it does set out to portray accurately what a small port of the period would look like. All the major buildings which have been brought together existed at in the area. We have also tried to show the small industries outside the railway so important to a port, such as boat building / sail making etc.
The baseboards are all made from a composite base made from wood to produce the basic structure. Track is homemade, using individual chairs, rail and sleepers glued together. Points are operated by mechanical linkage and push rods operated directly by point levers. The track was then ballasted by the most suitable medium deemed for that particular location.
Stock comes from a mixture of sources, some kits have been used, (all of which have been modified to some degree), while the majority is scratch built in either wood, metal, plastic sheet or any combination thereof. Buildings are made from wood usually covered with plastic card, with at least one room in each being detailed and lit.
I trust you have enjoyed your visit to Calstock’s Halton Quay, and have observed some of the methods used. Please feel free to ask questions.