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New Walmington Pier in 2019

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New Walmington Pier makes its first 2019 exhibition appearance on 11th May at South West Herts MRS exhibition at Queens School, Aldenham Road, Bushey, Herts. It was my late friend Debbie’s favourite layout and will be making its first appearance since her sudden death at the end of January. It’s going to be a bit tough that day. 

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Exhibition went well and New Walmington Pier was well received by the public. The downside was me getting a front wheel blow out close to the school possibly due to the appalling third-world state of our roads in this country as the tyre was less than a month old. AA came and fitted my spacesaver tyre and because there are no tyre centres open in this third world country called UK after 5pm on a Saturday or Sunday it was a slow 50mph top speed drive home for the 100 miles home. Grrrrr

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You might wonder as to what does the Bressingham  fairground gallopers have in common with model railways?

Well, my New Walmington Pier microlayout has a working carousel at the pier head and it would be nice to have some fairground organ music, so I downloaded a free 30 second track on my phone and will occasionally play it back behind the layout when out on exhibitions. 1927415351_Gallopers010619.thumb.jpg.e9428d470e9580460585b3d5e945944b.jpg

Bressingham Steam Museum Gallopers built in 1897 by Frederick Savage & Co, King's Lynn, who built almost all of them.

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New Walmington Pier's German Carousel.

 

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Guest Kev

Hi Dave this is a lovely little layout, great modelling throughout. Your late friend will be looking down with a big smile on her face.👍

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Thank You Kev. 

It's been over four months since Debbie died and I still miss her badly.

It is our favourite layout and despite its simplicity it entertains at shows and still going strong after 18 years!!! 

It is out again on Saturday 8/6 at the National Piers Society AGM in Clacton. 

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Guest Kev

Dave it’s really great to see that the pier layout is still bringing a lot of joy to everyone who has seen this great layout.😉

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New Walmington Pier 009 Edwardian seaside pier tramway microlayout.

The area of beach between the shore end of the pier and the pier workshop has been secured by 'The Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company' for the future installation of a hydraulic lift linking the promenade and beach.

Who said that a 20 years old layout is finished? If Gordon Bulmer's 'Ravenscar Pier' can have a funicular, then my 'New Walmington Pier' can have a promenade lift!

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My New Walmington Pier 009 Edwardian Pier Tramway layout is now almost 20 years old and here's some detail photos of life on, under and above the pier!

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Mixed bathing under the pier!!! How dare they!!!
Preiser figures and the 'Bathing Machine' (mobile ladies changing room) made from an Atlas (USA) Telephone shanty mounted on a Preiser 4wh trolley.

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Shapeways/Westgate Models Southend Pier 'Toastrack' Car along the pier.

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My 'Magnificent Man in His Flying Machine' 
Corgi Wright Brothers Bi-plane. Several were made after the 1903 first manned flight prototype.

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A rare view of the pier head beyond the pier. An N scale GWR goods crane makes an effective boat hoist and the hole in the backscene below the pier accommodates a speaker with ambient seaside sounds.

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Preiser figures being entertained by a barrel organ and monkeys as they wait for the tram back to the shore.

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Pier Head with Faller German Carousel, Punch & Judy booth, Balloon Seller and in the distance my 'Grim Reaper' taking some time out!

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Shore End with Preiser figures waiting for the tram, part of Bachmann Cable Car body representing a vehicle of the former Walmington Horse Tramways in use as a shelter, A Wills garage kit adapted as a workshop/stores to cover the wiring connections through the backscene and the end scene is Dover's Burlington Hotel built in 1890 and destroyed in an air raid in 1940.

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Today the Walmington Hydraulic Lift Company took delivery of a pre-owned hydraulic lift. It was poorly made from a dubious source with upper and lower landings on the same level! and to call the structure's finish 'mediocre' is being polite!

As the tower is around 8ins high it is roughly the same height as the layout's backscene. So with a good bit of 'cutting and shutting' today, the upper landing is now at the Promenade level and after re-assembly has been temporarily sealed to allow adhesive to set. The remainder of the tower would've held the accumulator to create the water pressure to operate the lift.

Stage 1 photos showing sea side and land side after the cutting and shutting

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Took New Walmington Pier to the Norfolk & Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers meeting on 07/09 to check out an electrical problem, after several attempts I simply replaced the power connection track. Why didn't I think of that earlier in the day?

Just ordered some appropriate buffer stops to replace the corny looking rustic style Peco 009 bufferstops.

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The God Awful Peco rustic narrow gauge buffer stop to be replaced with something more appropriate.

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