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Wagons for Beaminster Road

 

Two more vans have pitched up from Tom at the MRC, they are rather nice but needed regauging from 18mm, both will be fitted with extra weight to help operate the Kadees, another future task.

 

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One is Airfix, t'other is an even planked 12t van from Ratio with a wobbly axle, a clever arrangement that almost guarantees poor running, which it certainly does in this case.

 

These complete the wagon roster for Beaminster Road, we originally aimed for around forty vehicles for the three goods trains, all of which have been noted amongst images from the catchment area on the Southern, West of Salisbury. Consequently a large number of vans, about half as many opens, a couple of ancient pre-war tanks and a lone Macawer because one was noted behind 30581 at Cowley Bridge (see below). All are rather mundane, they are a variety of liveries from pre-36 large SR, through small lettering to early BR(S) as befits the '48-52 timeframe however the intention is eventually have at least two-thirds in pre-nationalisation livery.

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30581 near Cowley Bridge a GWR van, exLSWR outside frame van and a Macaw with a load of local timber.

 

Thanks for putting up with this turgid load of old toot, building Beaminster Road has been almost as enjoyable as sharing the experience. Not much left to complete, two boxes of Woodland Scenic trees based on this excellent thread and a lot of Kadees to install, in future the layout will be just used for running our modest few locos on Sunday mornings.

 

What remains to do? Well, there is a garden, touring The Luberon and at 70 my heart's desire is this and I intend to acquire one.

 

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What is not to like about a car with a personality, most of my previous purchases were devoid of any traits but a beetle.......

 

You see, we once visited Wolfsburg and the old Beetle exhibit. The visitors all seemed to be ‘of a certain age’ and one chap had tears as he stood beside an exhibit, it was almost a feeling unrequited love. 
 

We bought two stickers that said ‘do not stroke the beetle’ now I want something to go with them.

 

PS, just bought the ‘Beetle Crisis’ DVD’s so that I know what I am letting myself into.

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Beetle's are an aquired taste.
Having driven one, tuned to the Nth degree , they can get lively.:lol:
A bit like Porsche 911's. Push 'em, they'll kill you.:lol:

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Back to trains,

 

There are two new RUB 77ltr Christmas Tree storage boxes lurking in the garage, despite hoping that they would disappear, they remain unused Rather than a pottery, why not a standard gauge feeder line following the same route as one of the Purbeck NG lines. Same simple loop and couple of sidings together with a few dilapidated corrugated buildings?

 

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This might be the opportunity to finally find a use for them based on this blog unfortunately my ability to turn a map into an elegant idea is restricted by my artistic skills but this might be recognisable as being based on the map in the blog.

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The ‘fiddleyard’ might be a Peco Locolift, for just a Peckett and a couple of wagons. George Jennings has been a preoccupation for as long as I can remember, the 77ltr boxes can accommodate a board 42”x13.5” if inserted sideways and the lack of height is not an issue as I will copy CK and use a clip-on continuous backscene. It makes a change from yet another quayside micro.

 

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23 hours ago, Jack Benson said:

 

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30581 near Cowley Bridge a GWR van, exLSWR outside frame van and a Macaw with a load of local timber.

 

 

Sorry, being ultra-pedantic here, I'm sure the location is Exeter St Davids, with 30581 coming down the bank from Central. 

There's too much track for Cowley Bridge, there's a GW loco left background in South Devon Sidings, and the shadow from the West Signalbox on the right.

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1 minute ago, DLT said:

Sorry, being ultra-pedantic here, I'm sure the location is Exeter St Davids, with 30581 coming down the bank from Central. 

There's too much track for Cowley Bridge, there's a GW loco left background in South Devon Sidings, and the shadow from the West Signalbox on the right.

Sorry, but the photo, as supplied, has an incorrect caption. 
 

 

 

 

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On 19/04/2021 at 11:43, Jack Benson said:

at 70 my heart's desire is this and I intend to acquire one.

 

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And the car as well???

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2 hours ago, Jack Benson said:

Sorry, but the photo, as supplied, has an incorrect caption. 

Also pedantically (and tongue very much in cheek), it is ‘near’ Cowley Bridge Junction: it just happens to be nearer to a bigger landmark.

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Having mentioned the rather parochial selection of wagons that are the wagon roster, efforts were made not to own too many SR ‘covered wagons’, the vans with the rather curvy* roof that originated on the SECR. There are couple of exLSWR outside frame vans and a solitary Brighton relic but this old thing does puzzle me, is grey really OK or did the builder run out of dk brown and stuck with Halfrauds primer because the Southern is full of surprises? I suspect the latter.

 

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That just about wraps it up, the Brighton diag 1454 needs completion in a livery that someone will find to be incorrect but c’est la guerre. 
 

*a wagon pedant will know the correct term, bless.

 

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I did hope that someone would comment on the two images which have appeared at different times on RMWeb, both are 30581 and both were captured (I think) in the Exeter area at approximately the same period. The livery is plain black, hybrid lettering of Southern on the tender, BR cabside number in Southern sunshine but BR smokebox door number. Unfortunately neither image was noted with a date but maybe sometime in ‘48-52. 
 

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The Exeter connection made 30581 the ideal subject for DLT’s superb model, the lettering is  the slightly updated version. Somewhere, there is an etched smokebox door number from Narrow Planet.
 

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Moving ahead,

 

Until last week, there were two RUB 77ltr Christmas Tree storage boxes are now being fitted out with two baseboards to create a 84"x13.5" micro layout.

 

There is no intention to rush but time waits for no one and it is intended to a simple 'universal' trackplan, these are the options:-

1. Forest of Dean - isn't everyone doing one of these?

2. Quayside - another 'favourite'

3. BLT - No, no, no and again no

4. Wenford - Not quite done to death

5. Army camp - Early '50s National Service 

6. Parkstone Pottery - the pottery end of the line

 

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 The 'one size fits all' trackplan - plain and simple

If 1, 2 and 3 are non-starters then 4,5 and 6 maybe be worth consideration, starting with:-

4. Wenford - I remember Iain Rice's Trerice with great affection as the sort of layout that is both realistic and do-able in a limited space, a very difficult achievement.

My available space means that Iain's original plan of a loop across the board is impractical due to the narrow boards so the loop will run across the clay dries (see above). Just enough to provide some operation in keeping with the nature of the location, the scenic break will be adapted from Hellandbridge crossing and there is the opportunity to correctly use a Beattie Well Tank, exLSWR survivor.
 

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5. Territorial Army camp - Early '50s National Service, they tended to be tucked away in rural locations whilst still easily accessible for rail transport. A neglected subject.

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King George V inspecting the Royal Loamshires at Ryall Camp 1932.

 

6. Parkstone Pottery - the pottery end of the line, as described here

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All the options have their merits but the last three are of particular interest, all require the use of just one loco and a few wagons. There is great contrast from the lush unkempt scenery at Wenford to the pristine neatness of Army life with the pottery as a bit of both.

 

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Three very appealing options!

 

On the army camp, have you seen Tackeroo? 

 

 

It's a difficult choice but I think my vote is for the pottery. Brickwork makes such nice backdrops :)

 

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Mikkel,

 

Of the three options, Wenford is the most scenic (better suited to me) but has been almost done to death, the Army camp would be rather austere however I do have a number of suitable models, finally, the pottery at Parkstone would be a personal favourite. 

Time spent sitting on the parapet of Lower Parkstone's Osborne Road bridge watching George Jennings re-arrange the wagons were well spent, Dad had hold of me by the belt! Watching Bulleids ascending the bank with 11+ was an education, though I secretly admired the visiting Halls that would walk away even from a signal check. Dad was not impressed by my treachery but it wasn't helped by the fact that they were invariably immaculate and their bark.........  

 

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Osborne Road bridge, the yard was visible from the eastern end of the parapet

 

Someone has tried to make a model of the yard but no one has bothered. AFAIK. with t'other end of the line. Skytrex offer some nice resin castings for a pottery, they will come in handy as will Hornby's Peckett, though not quite right, it'll do.

 

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On 20/04/2021 at 18:31, Jack Benson said:

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I did hope that someone would comment on the two images which have appeared at different times on RMWeb, both are 30581 and both were captured (I think) in the Exeter area at approximately the same period. The livery is plain black, hybrid lettering of Southern on the tender, BR cabside number in Southern sunshine but BR smokebox door number. Unfortunately neither image was noted with a date but maybe sometime in ‘48-52. 
 

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The Exeter connection made 30581 the ideal subject for DLT’s superb model, the lettering is  the slightly updated version. Somewhere, there is an etched smokebox door number from Narrow Planet.
 

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I would suggest the first picture is of 30581 descending the bank from Exeter Central into St David's and the second photo is almost certainly Exmouth Junction shed. 

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Jack, 30581 received its '30581' in  'Sunshine' style in Nov/Dec 1948.  And I'm not absolutely sure but I believe it didn't get BR  numerals and BR emblem until Feb 1953.

 

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Mundane vans - nothing to see here

 

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SR 12t van even planked - Ratio

 

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exLSWR Diag 1410 - Cambrian

 

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exLBSC Diag1434 - Smallbrook+Cambrian

 

Nothing much to add, all require couplings (Kadee) and added weight whilst the careworn livery is '45+ to reflect six years of neglect and hard work. The Smallbrook Diag1434 was challenging and the nearest chassis we could find is Cambrian.

 

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If that's mundane then I like mundane. Very well observed. How did you do the chalk marks?

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An interesting image pitched up of the factory end of the SW Pottery line, comparison with both the colour image of the Peckett and other images on the blog are revealing aspects of the site previously unknown. The awful sketch of the trackplan attempts to replicate something of the original in a very small space, not so much a layout as a working diorama. A Hornby W4, currently on special offer from Rails, is on its way. This does undermine the previous  ‘no more layouts’ comment but those unused RUB christmas tree boxes weren’t going to waste now, were they?

 

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On 28/04/2021 at 05:43, Mikkel said:

If that's mundane then I like mundane. Very well observed. How did you do the chalk marks?

White art pencil from Caran D’ache.

 

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Moving on from such nonsense, a separate thread for the pottery will eventually appear in Boxfiles.

 

Sunday morning running session.

 

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Despite just been repainted in BR livery, 30581 is looking a tad too clean but the vans look appropriate for the period.

 

Just waiting for a KMRC road van to pitch up.

 

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More Sunday stuff, running both the newly arrived 0395 and the mighty D15 but also gazing at Cambrian's cheapest SR kit in its usual colours of worn out grey.

 

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The David Geen exLSWR Diag 1409 van is still hidden in the 'roundtuit' cupboard, I need a certain amount of courage to even open the parcel as never before have I spent so much on a kit, neither will I ever use 'BidSniper' again without the help of an adult. The kit was bought as part of a project to run a train comprising of elderly pre-grouping goods stock, it is an attempt to set the 'tone' of general decrepitude on this forgotten* part of the Southern.

 

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*Only a bit of daydreaming: English as tuppence, changing yet changeless as canal water, nestling in green nowhere, armoured and effete, bold flag bearer, opsimath, eremite, feudal, still-reactionary, Beaminster Road

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