About the blog

The concept of the layout is a rural station in West Dorset on the proposed direct Dorchester-Exeter route during the first four years of British Railways from '48-52.

Saturday, 23 October 2021

LMS Twin redux

 Ten or so years ago, a Korean model of LMS 10000 was running on Beaminster Road and like the prototype, it was a rather unreliable model and soon departed. 


Despite being outside our ‘49-51 timeframe, the big diesel was rather imposing and an as new Bachmann version was fiund lurking on the internet.


The big LMS diesels were regulars on the SReg during the ‘50s and the excuse Is that 10001 was on a running-in turn on the D&E the 1:50 climb out of Bridport will really test the 16SVT motor. 

Thursday, 21 October 2021

Tilly's Garage

 I rather like old fashioned garages, the clutter and sense of purpose, there had to be a garage on Beaminster Road and it is Tilly's.

One of my favourite images is this:-

The Austin 7 has just been traded-in, still going strong after almost 20 years, its shiny black replacement is waiting for collection, another BMC product.

Wednesday, 20 October 2021

The chosen T9- 30311 another update

The ‘power pod’ for the Wills/SEF T9 is up and running, it differs from the D15 by using a HLK Roadrunner rather than the Roadrunner+. This is caused by the restricted space in the smaller boiler, it uses the same 13mm coreless motor. 

The result is exceptionally smooth and quiet, possibly a ‘cure’ for the OOworks 700?



 

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 And here is the recently purchased OOworks 700, it seems to have a tight spot, the seller, Ben Jackson of Guildford ebay user jac_5507, denies all responsibility. The clips are short but show the problem rather well. The geardrive may be the problem.



Thursday, 14 October 2021

The return of the Charlie

 The only words are 'Wow and Double Wow' 



A truly stunning Q1 from Crownline. It will need a decoder and a check over but no couplings as it will be the 'banker' on the layout.

Wednesday, 13 October 2021

A Facebook group is born

 


This blog is not really interactive, posting comments is a rather slow, ponderous process and rarely satisfying.

However to remedy this issue and rather than abandon this blog, a Facebook group called 'Beaminster Road' has been created, if you are a member of Facebook you can click on, join the group and get cracking. For those not on Facebook, the group is 'public' and can be viewed by anyone.

Click here on this link

Tuesday, 12 October 2021

Return of the L12

Terry Page is thinking of restarting production of the L12. Cost in excess of £100, possibly one of the best two kits ever sold.

Send messages of intent to:- lswrpenguin@talktalk.net

 
30434 Near Tongham

The Army in Dorset

 The 1km spur to the army camp at Ryall is receiving attention, a couple of suitable obsolete army vehicles have been acquired for the Territorial Army unit based at Ryall army training camp.

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 The 1km spur to the army camp at Ryall is receiving attention, a couple of suitable obsolete army vehicles and correctly attired Army personnel have been acquired for the Territorial Army unit based at Ryall army training camp.


 

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Tilley utility vehicle

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Bedford OY

Both are WW2 vintage, suitable only for limited transport use, delivering stores and personnel. 

And last but not least, some rather expensive ammunition boxes in resin from Milcast.

 Soon Ryall will be closed, the spur lifted and all trace of the training camp will be gone as it returns to agricultural land.

 Ryall Military Railway - a short history

 

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The hamlet of Ryall is situated roughly 1km to the south of what was Beaminster Road station on the Dorchester & Exeter Railway. It was here that a small military training camp was established in 1914 for local regiments. 

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King George the Fifth on a visit to Ryall Camp to inspect the Royal Loamshire Regiment

Initially there was no connecting railway involved in the construction of the accomodation huts at Ryall, the civil engineering company of Stuart & Co. were specialists in the building military camps. Due to the extreme rural nature of the lanes, construction of a light railway from Beaminster Road station was deemed essential and approved by A.W. Szlumper, the LSWR chief engineer at Waterloo in early 1915, the railway was soon finished and opened for inspection on 15th October 1915 after Lt.Col. Drewitt had approved the line on behalf of the War Department. 

Due to the topography, the line was not easily worked and required the services of an Adams 0415, hired from the LSWR and a Peckett B2 'Westminster'.

 

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0415 in 1915

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Peckett B2 Westminster

Post-1918, the line survived to serve the strategic store established on the site but the line was placed on 'care and maintenance' with but one locomotive - Westminster. In early '39 the onset of hostilities brought new life to the line with the addition of a Fowler 0-4-0DM until it was transferred to West Moors Defence Fuels. 

 

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After nationalisation of the railways, the remaining Peckett was sold into industrial use and all traffic to the line was by BR locos, normally one of Dorchester's 700 or 0395 on light goods.

Yard Crane

The base of the yard crane has arrived from Peco, it is their LK35 crane, they will sell sprues and they are lovely people.
Sorry about the blurry image

The base of the yard crane has arrived from Peco, it is their LK35 crane, they will sell sprues and they are lovely people. 

Sorry about the blurry image

The crane is one of the YMRG cranes which are part of Steve R-Smith's magnificent Verwood project and following image belongs to Neil Berrington of the other place, Neil also has one of the cranes.

A glimpse of the crane can be seen in this view of Verwood in the '30s

ry about the blurry image

Saturday, 9 October 2021

A thing of beauty

Sorry but I had to post this image of 30304 in the MPD yard at Bournemouth in the late '40s. The image came from Transport Library who has a very nice back catalogue.

 Sorry but I had to post this image of 30304 in the MPD yard at Bournemouth in the late '40s. Note the 'hybrid' livery with sans gill cabside numbers, smokebox plate but sunshine SOUTHERN on the tender.

The image came from Transport Library who has a very nice back catalogue.

Sorry but I had to post this image of 30304 in the MPD yard at Bournemouth in the late '40s. The image came from Transport Library who has a very nice back catalogue.
Sorry but I had to post this image of 30304 in the MPD yard at Bournemouth in the late '40s. The image came from Transport Library who has a very nice back catalogue.

Q1 - etched masterpiece?

 This old Crownline Q1 looks to be rather suitable, it is a nicely built of etched construction with an RG4 motordrive. 

 

 Worth a punt?

Friday, 8 October 2021

Progress in the the cottage garden.

 Today, the rain held off and some gardening was attempted, the tomato plants were cleared and preparation for the winter cold has commenced.

Meanwhile, the cottage garden progresses.

Some irises were planted, rather tedious but effective, there is another packet to be used.....

Sunday, 3 October 2021

T9 706 and V class 930 at Bournemouth Central

This image is posted purely for educational purposes and belongs to the Smug Mug site. It is T9 706 and V class 930 on the upside at Bournemouth Central but it is remarkable for the comparison of 4-4-0s on the Southern in just one generation, the only common feature is the wheel size.

 

Courtesy of the SmugMug website

It also helps to illustrate why Beaminster Road is populated by locos of the T9 generation with just one notable exception, the H15 which is included as an example of progress on the LSWR in just twenty years. Small locos seem to suit a small layout and Beaminster Road is no exception. 
 

Thank you and StaySafe

Saturday, 2 October 2021

The chosen T9 -30311 update

 These few images attempt to illustrate the progress on the Wills/SEF T9 that last appeared here it has been stripped and a SEF chassis sourced. It really is coming back to life….










The main ‘bits’ are a 50+ year old loco body, an etched chassis and Hornby 6w tender. The remainder of the components are missing, so they are being replaced with modern state of the art items.

StaySafe

Friday, 1 October 2021

T9 - an album

An small collection of T9 images - origin of all images is unknown.

 Cab interiors 





Intended for express passenger work in South-West England, 66 were eventually built and saw several improvements throughout their service careers, the class operated until 1963.

Two different cab types -Narrow and Wide

Two different tenders - 6w rigid and 8w watercart with bogies

Narrow cab with 6w tender

 
 

Narrow cab with 8w tender


Wide cab with 6w tender

 



Wide cab with 8w tender


 

More to follow........