The SDJR did carry a certain amount of through parcels traffic from the north and midlands via the exMidland mainline. These models represent that traffic from all four regions of BR. Replica exLMS 50' BG, a nice upgrade of the former Mainline model
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 Wadebridge. Frank Crudass 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 John Charman
MRC 08/71 LSWR Loading Gauge - John Charman describes the prototype and the model
the past couple of years we have been waiting for Hornby's wondrous
Bulleid coaches to hit the box shifters and we admit
that there is a pack of them sitting in the 'rainy day' cupboard.
there's the rub, they are so good that they overwhelm our 20+year
lovely Bachmann 'blood and custard' 63ft Bulleids except the
old Bachmanns actually work for a living on Child Okeford.
Following the instructions in George Dent's article Model Rail 174,
they have been tweaked them with Hornby metal wheels, black paper corridor
connectors and new pipework. They run perfectly, nothing comes adrift
and they look the bees-knees behind the West Country.
In short, they scrub up really well and are proper 'layout' coaches rather than display case models.
Following a long period of illness, the previous owner and builder has relinquished ownership of the Child Okeford layout and is concentrating on a mini-diorama (below)
A large amount of surplus rolling stock is being sold on eBay.
Our new, small diorama, based on the Permanent Way depot, has its own blog:- please, click here
The fully working diorama is just 48"x24" and is highly detailed and optimised at just 32" high for wheelchair users and future modellers (chairs are provided for other folk) - it is ready for exhibiting in 2020