Berks and Hants to Bristol and Penzance V28th July 2021
BHBP merged The Railways of Devon and Cornwall (RDC) and South Western Expressways to Reading (SWER).
RDC started with, developed and vastly extended DTG’s ‘Riviera Line’. SWE-R started with and significantly extended and developed Just Trains’ ‘South Western Expressways’.
The combined new BHBP route has well over 300 miles of main, secondary and branch lines across southern and south west England:
• 219 miles of main line from Reading to Penzance along the Berks and Hants line via Newbury, Westbury, Taunton, Exeter, Plymouth and Truro.
• 37 miles of main line from Bristol to Taunton via Cogload Junction
• 21-miles of main and secondary line from Bristol to Bath and Westbury
• 28 miles of secondary line from Exeter to Axminster
• The secondary line from Newton Abbot to Paignton, and the Paignton and Dartmouth heritage railway onwards to Kingswear
• The Exeter to Exmouth branch
• The Exeter to Barnstaple branch, including the Dartmoor Railway heritage and testing line from Coleford Junction to Meldon Quarry via Okehampton
• The Plymouth to Gunnislake branch
• The Liskeard to Looe branch
• The Totnes to Falmouth branch
• The St Erth to St Ives branch
Scope and work in progress
BHBP will always be a work in progress. The aim is to reflect the up to date, contemporary railway. That’s why it will always be a work in progress and will never be finished!
V2 of BHBP V2 has full detailed scenery from
• Reading to just west of Liskeard
• Par to Burngullow (just west of St Austell)
• Just east of Truro to Penzance
• Taunton to Bristol, and from Bristol on to Westbury via Bath.
• Exeter to Honiton, Exmouth, Kingswear, Copplestone and Okehampton
• Plymouth to Gunnislake
• Liskeard to Looe
• St Erth to St Ives
BHBP includes the lines on from Honiton to Axminister and from Copplestone to Barnstaple. Like the Cornish Main Line sections from Liskeard to Par and from Burngullow to Truro, the track, stations, signalling and tunnels are there but as yet further detailed scenery has yet to be added. Watch this space!
What’s new in V2:
• Scenery between Redruth and Hayle has been added in full; the world heritage industrial area around Redruth, Pool, Camborne and Hayle is now complete.
• The rockfall shelter being built between the Parson and Clarke tunnels on the Dawlish sea wall section has been added. Nearby cliffs and sea wall have been completely remodelled and are now true to life.
• What’s known about the improvements currently being made to the Dartmoor Line between Coleford Junction and Okehampton have been replicated in BHBP. The track has been relaid with concrete sleepered welded rail. As more is know (for example about GSM – R masts) it will be added to BHBP.