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The blog is about the rebuilding of a layout that was all but abandoned in 2013, its survival is thanks to the kindness of others. A few older posts are included to chart its progress.

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Small building, small car

This is the other building in the Peco LK 16 Platform Shelter kit together with the only private car on Beaminster Road - an Austin 7

The lock-up is a typical Southern wooden building, small but full of character. 

The Austin 7 was an economy car that was produced from 1922 until 1939 in the United Kingdom by Austin. It was nicknamed the "Chummy" or "Baby Austin" and was at that time one of the most popular cars produced for the British market and sold well abroad. 

Before the Land Rover became available on the home market, vehicles in rural communities tended to be suitable for the area, West Dorset's narrow lanes and short distances were ideal for the little Austin. They could go almost anywhere, in 1928, an Austin 7 was driven to the top of Ben Nevis by a Mr G F Simpson of Edinburgh. Moreover, easy to fix and economical, they were still a common sight in the 50s.    

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