I have in recent past been wondering how bad it was for the engines to be stood on these sometimes very inhospitable piers, which invariable at times had spray wafting over them. But that is not really the point of this post. The point is, what shall the passenger train terminating at West Drizzlington consist of?
Due to the confines of the layout its operating potential would be severely impaired if two Bachmann SE&CR birdcages coaches were used as was recommended to me by @Edwardian, and the normal consist of three would not be usable. So the only remaining option then would either to have some funny arrangement where the the full set of three was used and the train was split once it entered the station, with the end carriage going in the long bay platform and the other two being shunted around the island, until the carriage in the bay had emptied. The loco could then draw this away and move in another coach.
There is also another possible format.
Above, SE&CR D class number 494, built by Dubs & Co as works number 4342 in April 1903 and rebuilt as class D1 in August 1921.
Seen on a boat train at Admiralty Pier, Dover on May 5th 1905.
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The above photo appears to show a consist of SE&CR six wheelers behind a D class, which would give me a excellent excuse to make a purchase of a set from Hattons. This would give more operational scope and fit the era in which I am modelling, which is pre lined dark lake. I think three six wheelers would be able to fit in the bay platform, and wouldn't look to short behind the engine. The thoughts of @Nearholmer and @Mikkel and any other pre grouping experts would be much appreciated on this matter. I also have a thread on coaches pulled behind the D class linked in the RSS feed.
Progress has also been made on the layout, as the first engine ran upon it on Sunday. This engine was my Bachmann 3f, and it was used to test how much glue I had spilled on the rails. Not much it turned out, and now only the bottom set of frog contacts on the point going into the bay platform need cleaning, as I haven't gotten to those yet. A suitable piece of wood has also be found for the platform. Here's a video of a test run.
Edited by Florence Locomotive Works