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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.

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

What, why and the how

Four months into the rebooting of Beaminster Road, I note that there is no explanation as to what, why and how the layout was started.

Rewind to 2008 - the birth.

It started with a 4,8 x 3m workshop and a strong desire to build something.  

The 'what' was easy - a small station on the Southern west of Salisbury set in the 50-60s before the Western Region took its vengeful control.  The 'why' is simple, my home overlooks the South Western mainline and previously I lived beside the Bournemouth mainline.  

The 'how'

Because the concept was defined by the limited space of just 4,8 x 3m, it was not enough for anything beyond a minor line in 4mm and yet the obvious branch line terminus is not best suited to a home layout. I didn't want to exhibit the layout, therefore I just wanted to please myself by watching trains trundle past. 

A continuous circuit with a small fiddle yard and a spur to a something seemed ideal - Alan Davies' layout 'Wencombe'   (RM 12/2012) had similar size restrictions 3,5 x 2,4m and provided a number of ideas.  

Because the Southern mainline could not be represented, a model of a small station on the proposed Dorchester & Exeter Coast Extension  (D&ECE) seemed ideal. 

Other influences are less obvious, the Scalefour South London Area Group's layout St. Merryn is way beyond my ability but their book remains one of my most useful purchases as it explains the essentials that are a South Western station.

In addition, Robert Antell's Southern Country Stations - LSWR has been invaluable as a reference source. 

Having defined the what and why, the how should really include a mention of how its is intended to turn the concept into reality.  

Fast forward to 2018 and work restarts

The foundation of the layout is ten baseboards including a lifting section, the track is Peco Code 75 HO track that pre-dates their OO bullhead, all turnouts are analogue Tortoise with loco control by a simple DCC Roco Multimaus.

Choices of stock coincided with both Hornby and Kernow's support for the former LSWR, most locos and coaches are effectively pre-grouping which adds to the charm. 

I hope that this helps to answer a couple of questions - the layout is functioning and the next stage is the task of turning bare boards into Beaminster Road.


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