Tim Hale

Beaminster Road - Through Hardy's Wessex

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30119 was specially reserved for working royal trains - a unique position for a pre-Grouping engine.  When not in such service it worked from Dorchester shed where it is seen here about 1948 still in malachite green but with its BR numbering and lettering. As Beaminster Road's passenger locos reflect those allocated to 71C Dorchester shed, 30119 is rather appropriate.

The end came when 30119 was relieved of her duties during the 1952 Royal visit to Lee-on-the-Solent when 34011 Tavistock hauled Pullmans - Minerva, Isle of Thanet, Aries, Orion and Phoenix (for the Queen) The Hornby model merely needs a wash of dirty water to tone down the rather verdant green.

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A couple of years ago, I 'discovered' the pleasure of laser-cut card buildings with really well designed kits from Stangel and Josswood but these were German outline, now I am modelling the Southern Region in the West of England.

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Petite Properties have a good reputation for really nice laser-cut kits in MDF, they are very accurately cut and robust, I bought a couple.

This is the start of Washtub Cottage, rather typical of a small rural dwelling in West Dorset.

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The outer finish is Stangel Acrylmasse, two coats were needed, the window sills are painted in white artist's acrylic and the natural wood colour is Rowney diluted Sepia Dye. 
 
The roof of the main building and porch is Redutex 076PC121 weathered tiles
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The homemade ridge tiles will be folded and textured card but at the moment I am making some rainwater drainage from bits of brass. After that, it will need considerable amounts of weathering.
 

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Hi Tim

That does look nice.

Am I right in thinking the back slope is longer or is that just a trick of the picture?

Don't overdo the weathering also needs a really nice garden to go with it. :D

regards John

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This link may explain a bit more....

The Petite Properties kit is fairly basic but it is robust, all the pieces fit and every example is utterly unique.

Some folk do some amazing things with a covering of air drying clay which they scribe to look like rough stone.

My favourite method is a render coat of cheapo ready-mixed decorator's filler,  spread it on like butter, let it dry for 24hrs and sand it until smooth,  then apply a thin wash of water colour. 

The picture below is not my work, it is a bit too rough but you get the idea of what you can achieve...

 

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Loco building - old skool

This is lost in this box-opening world but some modellers still build stuff.

This is how it looked when it arrived

Right old dog

and this is where it is going except it will be BR 30548

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Or rather where it should go except it needs a fair amount of re-working.

A new chassis and tender (the latter is a Bachmann N Class), the etched chassis is from SEF and a High Level motordrive

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It will need to be stripped and dipped

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and upgraded

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It should be ready in a few months....

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Due to the loss of Mashima Motors, a new motor was sourced from CCT in Cornwall.

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Not a DCC vs DC rant,  merely adieu to one system and a welcome return to another.

About six months ago, I began a gradual return to British steam outline after many years of successfully exhibiting small German layouts. 

The two systems have quite different requirements:-

  • The German layouts used locos with sound, lights whilst all the turnouts were DCC controlled.
  •  The British layout is permanent, the steam locos merely need motor control, no sound whilst the Tortoise turnout motors are analogue controlled. The turnouts are self-isolating Peco Code 75, working equally well with both DC and DCC. 

 Recent incompatibility issues with Bachmann and Hornby products forced the question of why I need anything more than motor control, therefore  why am I fitting decoders? 

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The Digikeijis DR5000 is coming out, the locos are being restored to DC and everything will be sold.  In its place, I am using an AGW PE1000 handheld, a new pair were bought on eBay for less than the price of a basic decoder. Their control is switchable PWM with a handy 'inch' button that gives a tiny kick during coupling.

My requirements are really simple, the real lesson is to consider what is actually needed rather than following a trend.

The real advantages are:- 

  • Direct motor control, cool running coreless motors. 
  • The extra £25 for basic Zimo and all the faff of installation doesn't seem to be worth the effort.
  • Finally, no compatibility issues or wondering if it is the loco or the decoder.

Moreover, with the removal of the decoder, there is an option to fit a larger stay-alive capacitor with obvious running advantages.   

 

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As a postscript, this morning,  a oouple of useful hours were spent removing the incumbent DCC system. The 'new' two-wire Direct Control system was a doddle to install, a mounting plate for the 5-pin DIN socket took longest to fabricate. The first run was carried out by a brand new Bachmann H2, it ran perfectly, unlike the Hornby Bulleid Light Pacific that constantly derailed at any speed. 

The control of the ancient AGW PE1000 handheld leaves nothing to be desired, the posh motor in the DJH U class no longer buzzes and it runs without overheating. 

Consequently, an under-used and boxed Digikeijs DR5000 together with a complete Roco MultiMaus system and a bunch of hardly used decoders are currently on a well known auction site. All the decoders have being carefully removed, all killa and no filla, they will go the same way. 

Beaminster Road

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Hi,

This must be the last post.

Following early retirement, it has been a struggle to breathe life back into the layout, thankfully the  Beaminster Road Group have taken over the layout and its blog.

As the only member of the group on MRL it seems a bit silly to continue with no interaction forthcoming.

'Bye

Tim

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Hi Tim

Sorry to see you go I was enjoying reading about Beaminster Road

good luck with the retirement.

regards John

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On 4/4/2019 at 7:50 PM, Tim Hale said:

As the only member of the group on MRL it seems a bit silly to continue with no interaction forthcoming.

Bit of a dubious claim considering there are other members who use this forum. Whilst it is quiet, it's quite a claim to say you're the only member on the group.

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On 4/8/2019 at 4:14 PM, Jack said:

Bit of a dubious claim considering there are other members who use this forum. Whilst it is quiet, it's quite a claim to say you're the only member on the group.

Nicely taken out of context, did you actually bother to read the preceding sentence before rushing to put finger to keyboard? 

The 'group' is the Beaminster Road Group and I am the only member of the group on MRL. 

The type of comment from Jack (an Administrator)  is one of the reasons why discontinuing is inevitable.

Tim Hale

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