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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2022 03:02 pm
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Hello again

It must be a few years since I last visited in '14,
a lot of things have changed, grown older but not wiser,
had a heart attack & surgery, now retired.

The last update, I think,
was to mention my shortline Pottendorf
now sold on, as I am unable to attend exhibitions.


So, I am restricted to the layout in the shed Beaminster Road
coming almost to the end of a project that began 11 years ago,
that has suffered more than its fair share of ebbs and flows
(two of the original three builders/chums have passed)
and this has led to an almost complete loss of interest.

So, here we are half way through 2022,
and everything seems to have ground to a halt,
all the locos and rolling stock have been built etc...

Boredom was beginning to replace purpose.


However, a side project has begun,
the creation of a cottage garden on a diorama base
which will be used on the layout.

This simple act of making something is rather pleasant,
and the elusive mojo maybe on its return journey...
Who knows ?


Would you like to see some more of the layout ?

Tim







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 Posted: Mon Jun 27th, 2022 06:02 pm
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Excellent work !

I especially love where the cars are,
you could pull out and turn either way, as in real life.

Many people don't stop and ask if a car could get there,
when they make scenes like this.

Clearly, you noticed that.


And the high weeds where people don't walk,
that's a great detail that many people miss as well.


OF COURSE I'd like to see more, Tim !

And I'm sure I'm not alone in that regard.




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I fully agree with Lee.


The tire mountain is impressive,

like it was back then in real life !




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Very nice scene !

I’d love to see more !

Who’s to say what is “real life” and what’s not ?


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Nathan Fawcett wrote: 
Who’s to say what is “real life” and what’s not ?


Stacked countless tires so I should qualify.

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The backstory - plausible fiction

The layout is based on fact, in the mid 1840's
the LSWR wanted to extend its territory to the west country,
there were two options put to the board of directors.

The Exeter and Yeovil Extension (E&Y) to Exeter via Axminster,
and the Dorchester and Exeter Coastal Extension (D&E),
both crossed a number of hills, but the D&E was strongly opposed
by a rival, the Great Western Railway.

The boards's vote was evenly split and decided by the chairman,
the
E&Y was chosen.





However, if it had been built, the D&E would have
connected the second largest town in Dorset, Bridport,
to the LSWR system and a direct line to London markets.

Moreover, it would have provided an important strategic direct link
between three Naval bases at Plymouth, Portland and Portsmouth
when the Royal Navy was the defender of the realm.



We decided that whilst the E&Y had been built,
the D&E should also be built as a model,
as it was first constructed, a single track line.

However by the end of WW2 it was less important,
and was in decline as a secondary route.

It is simply a plausible fiction.


The model layout

The workshop is 4.8m x 3m
and rather than cram it full of track,
a simple plan was developed from a single track line
running through rural West Dorset.


Because the available space is not enough
to create a totally realistic trackplan,
certain liberties have been taken. 
  • The shorter platforms are on a curve
  • The goods yard has been simplified
  • Station structures are similar to exLSWR but not a copy
But the West Dorset countryside is delightful
and we can 'borrow' real places to supplement the fiction.





The maximum  capacity of the hidden sidings
is just six roads with a length of 157cm,
enough clearance for four pre-BR coaches
plus a 4-4-0 or some early BR wagons plus 0-6-0


Our preferences are locally based on a Southern secondary line
in the early '50s when steam was still predominant
and we have restricted the period to a Sunday during mid May.

During the '40-50s, most local trains on the line
were no more than three-coach sets
of either SR or exLSWR origin.
 
This translates as, six trains comprising:-


Three car Bulleid set
Three car Maunsell set + LNE region coach
Two car exLSWR non-corridor set

Two car exLSWR push+pul set
Non-stop vans pick-up goods

Locos will be small and elderly, mostly pre-grouping origins,
preferably tall chimneys, big domes and definitely Southern.



Single track was chosen to reflect
the rural nature of the exLSWR in the South.

Fortunately many exLSWR rural stations were minimal
in their nature, just a bare minimum of facilities
and this perfectly suits the intended layout.


For those unfamiliar with the abbreviations,
this might help:-

LSWR - the original company that built the line,
            the 'London & South Western Railway
'

SR  -  'Southern Railway', created in 1922,
          successor to the LSWR


BR  -  'British Railways', created in 1948,
          it was the nationalised entity that ran the railways


LNE  -  'London, North Eastern', a region of BR



Everyone happy, so far ?





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Tim

Looking forward to seeing more of the layout,





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Nathan Fawcett wrote:
Who’s to say what is “real life” and what’s not ?
 
 
I get your point, but anyone can agree

that a scene looks like real life when they see it.




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 Posted: Tue Jun 28th, 2022 06:26 pm
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A trio of the locos used on the layout.

These are 4-4-0s designed by Dugald Drummond of the LSWR
around the start of the 20th century.



Top to bottom:-

K10 class 30382 a mixed traffic type ‘Small Hoppers’

T9 class 30304 express type ‘Greyhounds’


D15 class 30466 express type



All are handbuilt, recovered from rather neglected kits,
they have all been rebuilt.

Upgraded with coreless multi-stage gear drives,
and have Zimo decoders. 
















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 Posted: Sat Jul 9th, 2022 04:39 pm
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Hi.

That's it folks.

Tim




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