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As followers of the blog* will know, work continued on Beaminster Road to prepare for the open days during the Christmas break, whilst for those who know nothing about Beaminster Road here is an explanation.

Beaminster Road represents the station that would have been built within the parish of Wayford on the Yeovil-Exeter extension of the London & South Western Railway. Land was purchased in anticipation but the ajoining line to Beaminster or Dorchester was not built moreover the stations at Crewkerne and Chard Junction were sufficient for the limited population, however the land at Wayford still remains railway property so this is my submission in the great tradition of 'might have beens'.

Fortunately, I live alongside the Yeovil-Exeter extension in Sherborne and being part of the comnmunity is helpful in getting a 'feel' of the location, this image was typical of the area during the early 60's




Despite that the scene is filled with farmer's vehicle, there is not a 4x4 to be seen, how did they manage?





My attempt at capturing a goods yard on the line, a couple of years before final closure by BR(W)



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*Work on Beaminster Road has ceased whilst the new mini-diorama is progressed.



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That's an excellent shot Tim and the grass is so typical. Love it.



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Talk about "Deja-Vu"

I've seen that first shot somewhere else Tim  - and very recently too..........:hmm:hmm

It's actually a shot showing dairy farmers taking their milk to the dairy during a lorry driver's strike but I'm darned if I can remember where I saw it.  I'll try to get the brain cells going again ..............:roll:

Your "end of life" goods shed looks great. :thumbs



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Being a Southern modeller myself i am looking forward to seeing this layout devolop.Regards Piran

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This is the station building based on a reduced version of Axminster, on the Yeovil-Exeter extension. My apologies for the gap, the pavement has since been installed as well as post and telephone boxes (see below)













Please note the nice group of Royal Mail items and the pavement has been laid. The plant is a lilac, made with individual leaves.



Finally, the goods yard and station about three months ago. The allotment ajoins the goods yard.














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Mate that is superb.
Please post more.....

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Is that rhubarb in that last picture? If it isn't then it should be. Great effect. Love it.



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Nine years later, a return prompted by numerous nudges from members of our informal FB group and a certain once popular forum suffering problems.
Time has not been kind as in those intervening years their have been some losses, notably the passing of Bill Jones, responsible for the buildings plus too many other friends.

The layout was rebuilt after several years of neglect and other friends stepped in to help, all Bill’s building departed except one station was returned due to the kindness of its new keeper. Almost all the stock has been changed, again with a few notable exceptions. 

This is the replacement station based on Downton




If there is any interest, I will continue to post more about Beaminster Road

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I suppose a tour of the layout might be appropriate.



It is just 4,8mx3m, the fiddle yard holds just enough stock to maintain interest and to keep spending under control, it is long enough for a four car set + small loco.

Buildings - a selection

That’s enough for now, all are inspired by similar buildings that were encountered when looking for suitable examples, some are merely RTPs that have been weathered or kits that have received some bodgery. There a a couple of others but they can wait until the stock has been described.

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Some great modelling there Tim - love the garage scene.  Are the tyres singles stacked up or part of a kit ?



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Hi Tim,

I rather like the minimalistic scenic approach you took, keeps the focus on the traIns.


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I'm happy to see this layout again after far too many years - and still think the scenery work is outstanding and inspiring!



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Hello Tim,
 
A lovely layout you’ve developed there and with the focus on operation with sufficient space to model the railway in proportion to its environment. A better example, of ‘less is more’ would be hard to find.
 
Good to see the prototype evidence base through some iconic photography. I admire the various farmers’ take on light commercial road transport.
 
Very much looking forward to learning more of Beaminster.
 
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PS. A shame to see that once popular forum is such disarray.



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Longchap wrote: ....................................................
 
PS. A shame to see that once popular forum is such disarray.

Not knowing much about what goes on beyond the River Dropt, please PM me with more details .................... ;-)



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And now the locos of Beaminster Road with some gratuitous waffle, starting with the big stuff.



The common theme is small, pre-grouping (mostly), no valve gear and metal construction.

The last are in build and are in excess of 40 years old, the T9 was rediscovered behind the bookshelf disguised as a spider’s nest and has been comprehensively rebuilt with a HLK microdrive in common with the D15 and 0395 both also over 40 years old. 

The two of the three 00 Works locos have rebuilt, the L class was green, now in the livery briefly worn in ‘52 before it was completed in lined black whilst the K10, in common with the T9 has been coupled been coupled with the correct type of tender. The latter will become 30304 as seen at Bournemouth in ‘49

There may be some raised eyebrows over choices however, all were chosen for where they were in ‘49-52, they had to been noted at or near one or other ends of the D&E. The obvious outsider, 31777, was working in Bournemouth before being returned to the eastern division. Other factors are less obvious, if the D&E had existed, it would have required the services of at least 12-15 locos, therefore some locos may well have escaped the cutter’s torch and the ‘48-52 timeframe was chosen as some classes passed into oblivion at this time, the D15 and K10 would have otherwise  passed into memory.

The D15 was a truly excellent but overlooked example of a small class that excelled, Bournemouth’s 30466 never carried full BR livery but did retain its lipped chimney until the last few months of its life. It was allocated to the Plymouth Laira-Bournemouth portion of the Plymouth-Brighton and relieved by a Brighton Atlantic at the eastern end of the run. On Beaminster Road, it is pootling along on an Exeter-Bournemouth limited stop service. 

Any questions? 

The next update will be Rosie’s small holding, a tribute to a member of the Fleet Air Arm.

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I'm pleased you've shown photos of your locos Tim - I refrained from asking on your "Welcome" thread if they were kit built - you seem to have lots of them and very nice they are too !! :shock:

I'll presumably get more info about them from your blog which is where I'm sloping off to now ................... :thumbs



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Ah - your blog link doesn't seem to work - I get "Bad Request"

Can you check it out please ............... ;-)



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Ok lets see......

http://timhalesblog.blogspot.com/search/label/Locomotives


Or.  Beaminster Locomotives



Ok that works. I'll fix the link in your post Tim and I'll post up a reply on your 'Formatting' post

Cheers

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Hi,
My posts still seem to suffer from formatting issues.

There is huge gap at the start of the text that I cannot seem to change and despite hitting the return twice at the end of every paragraph and between each image, it doesn’t seem to survive when I select the send button. 

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