For the past forty-odd years I have pursued an interest in the Railways of Germany however as the end of the line beckons, I have returned to the railway that has always run past my home - the Southern.
It is excellent advice was to avoid flat baseboards or at least introduce subtle contours. The baseboards had some scenic shapes, which have been retained and it was important to create other contours.
This was December 2013 work had stopped.
Clearing the layout in 2014.
Rebuilding in December 2018.
The track has been singled and the station moved to the far end of the layout. Layers of 5mm foamboard have been used to create the road and base for the Stationmaster's House which is some 15mm deep. The abrupt changes of contour are blended with lightweight Pollyfilla and smoothed with a wet brush. It is really messy and time consuming.
some difficult searching, a pack of SR Barley Twist lights have been
procured. They are simply superb tho' just a tad too high but by using the
shortest base they are very nice. A pack of six including two wall
bracket lamps was less than one Viessmann lamp and they are supplied
with a special circuit board - wonderful.
The surface of the old goods yard on Beaminster Road was a layer of ordinary cardboard box, selected as the same height as Peco sleepers, it was painted concrete to both seal the surface and represent the surface upgraded during WW2 when 'dirt' yards, such as Seaton Junction, were paved to allow rigorous use by the military. The weedy lines represent the expansion gaps to prevent cracking of the concrete surface.
Another cardboard box is being re-cycled under heavy objects in preparation for another goods yard surface.
The DJH kit of the U and U1 class have been long out of production, prices have risen and even an incomplete kit recently sold for £160. When a completed U1 popped up on eBay described as a U, interest was aroused despite the SR livery and uncertain provenance however it had been built for Alton Model Centre and they have a good reputation
There is a precedent for U1s on the Western Division.
U1's 31901-4, were tried out by Exmouth Junction (72A) for 5 months from May to October 1961, after which they were returned to Norwood Junction, as unsuitable. For example, Yeovil's 31902 on 1.00pm from Padstow 4 Aug 1964. 31903 at Padstow (between May - October 1961). The three U1s were also tried out at Salisbury (72B) from 5/61 to 9/61, they were:- 31898, 31899, and 31900
On Saturday, a pair of Bachmann 20t anchor mounted tank wagons were purchased from Shillingstone station.
They are intended for the miscellaneous goods train and represent two tank wagons for the Cattewater Oil Depot in Plymouth.
Shell Mex and British Petroleum introduced a large fleet of anchor
mounted 20ton capacity tank wagons in 1948 - 49. They were built by a
number of manufacturers. Many were later lagged for heavy oils and had a
side heating coil.
The creation of the platforms required a certain amount of excavating
the existing scenery because rather than installing the track to pre-cut
platforms and I had to create the platform shape to the existing
first problem was the down platform, a business card placed against the
sleeper edge provided a uniform distance, which was followed with the circular
saw in the Proxxon drill into the foamboard, finally an old bread knife broke the glue
under the foam - first image.
Thinking about how to do the task took several cups of tea but about five minutes to accomplish.
all important clearance on curves is simply fixed by a small 10mm
wooden block against the sleeper edge and fixed in place with a
dressmaker's pin. Repeat this every 55mm along the intended length of
the platform, a bead of PVA and install the balsa stripwood platform
wall. The balsa was held is place by a row of pins on the inside of the
curve and the combined weight of some handtools.
The remaining platforms uprights are balsa stripwood with a 2mm ply top, all cosmetic platform facings will be Wills.
The square end of the platforms is due to the short siding on the left, steps will be added for railway personnel - see the image of Hayling Island.
Passengers will cross the track by a barrow crossing (not yet installed) at the opposite end of the platforms, access will be supervised by the signal box and a warning bell - see image of Exeter St. Davids
This is Verwood, a small rural station that provides much of the inspiration for Beaminster Road, albeit on the other side of Dorset. The station is typically Southern - rudimentary but adequate, comprising a booking office, storeroom and platform shelter, whilst the platforms are just long enough for local traffic.
Upgrades to the track plan are finally completed.😀
vast white space is the foamboard raised area, there are just two
sidings - storage and a goods store (the tin box shows its location) The
recent change was to increase the length of the passing loop and move
the entrance to the sidings by 50cm. The result is a less cramped goods
to ensure smooth running will commence followed by ballasting and dummy turnout control runs.
The D15s -They were Drummond's last design, a return to 4-4-0s after his
disastrous 4-6-0s. These successful locomotives worked, in the main, out
of Waterloo, after the Direct
Portsmouth electrification they worked semi-fasts to Waterloo, empty fish vans
from Bournemouth to Brentford and Portsmouth-Salisbury/GWR trains. Eastleigh D15s worked through to Brighton after Ford bridge
was strengthened in 1941. Then an Eastleigh engine went down in the afternoon,
spent the night on Brighton shed and returned next morning.
The Salisbury trains were
taken over by BR4mt 2-6-0s in 1953 and some D15s were scrapped. The survivors
worked various main line trains including but not exclusively, the Saturday Waterloo-Lymington boat trains and were replaced by Maunsell Schools.
30465 on an all stations Soton-B'Mouth in April '53 near Ashurst. The stock is mostly exLSWR 58' Maunsell rebuilds
For the past few
years both Hornby and Bachmann have produced some excellent stock for
those of the Southern persuasion, what is missing is the infrastructure
of Southern Railway buildings. However not is all lost, there are a few
excellent books that provide plans and views of buildings, whilst
amongst the archives of Railway Modeller and Model Railway Constructor
there are a few gems to be found- John Charman and Frank Crudass were
prolific contributors to both magazines, the latter featuring his layout
RM 11/68 Building a super-detail tank wagon, pages 336, 337. RM 08/69 N Class Locomotive 2-6-0 SE&CR Maunsell Design RM 06/70 LSWR Rail Built Buffer Stop MRC 06/65 SR Platform barrows MRC 03/66 Building 30200 - building the Wills 4mm scale kit MRC 07/66 SR Platform seats MRC 04-5/67 Modelling the Beattie Well Tank MRC 07/66 SR Platform seats MRC 1980 Annual Wadebridge Island Platform
MRC 08/71 LSWR Loading Gauge - John Charman describes the prototype and the model
The Southern National Omnibus Company had a North
Devon and Cornwall area centred on Bude, Bideford, Barnstaple and Ilfracombe
and a Somerset and Dorset area centred on Seaton, Yeovil and Weymouth. Along
the coast from Weymouth and inland to Axminster via Bridport, route 42,
served Bridport, Lyme Regis and Axminster, plus everything along the
route. In the 50s, the road conditions would have restricted the choice of vehicle to single deck Bristols. Notably the Bristol LS5G from the 40s
not available as a 4mm model in Southern National livery, it is
available from Corgi as a similar green Bath Services vehicle that will