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Is this the future? (Shellsea Harbour)
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giles b



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

A very enjoyable day at the Beckenham show, with many bargains bought from the junk boxes in the Club Shop for my other layouts and future projects. Shellsea's new operating cards need a little tweaking, as some trains were found to be too long to be able to be shunted conveniently - the moral is to always keep some spare room in the goods yard! Towards the end of the afternoon we tested the locos from my 1860 project. All seem good for shunting, which bodes well for the new layout. Even one of the untamed Smoky Joe' conversions was behaving well.

A general view of the town and the tramway's station


Sailors and strollers. The Jolly Sailor Café, with approaching train.


Loco no. 3 pushes the fish/brake van into the fish-packing works


The little 0-4-0ST was also at work
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 17, 2017 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Two more from the files. First off, another look at the tramway's milk or fish van - and a reminder that it needs some markings adding.


And now a look at the whole of the commercial quay. Since this picture was taken I've managed to source a collection of loads and clutter, so the area should look a lot more busy at its next outing.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 26, 2017 4:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

A look at the quayside on the layout's first outing, showing how the main line exits the scene (pictures by David Thomas; rolling stock courtesy of Chris Ellis)



Some well known cut-outs, slightly adapted - other credits as before.
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PostPosted: Wed May 02, 2018 8:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing new to report on the layout, as there's some time to go before its next show outing. However, we're just back from a short (cold!) holiday trip to Dorset and Weymouth, so I was finally able to investigate the harbour tramway. This is still 95% in place, so I've finally been able to work out how it operated. I have also finally been able to see the buildings that featured in Railway Modeller all those years ago. Of the three, only the Harbour Master's building is still carrying out its original function. Don't think I mentioned earlier that I used the layout of the ground floor of the building for the Shellsea Harbour Master's house, so I just had to go and see the original inspiration.

Also just along the quay is the old fish market, which I would guess probably dates back to the early Victorian era. Its a lovely building, simple to model, which reminded me a little of the Brunel-style wayside station design. Would make a super model as a market building, warehouse or even as an early station. Its also low relief, as the rear of the building omits the back slope of the roof and is jammed up against the house in the side street. Note rail tracks in the foreground.


We also stayed a few days in Wells, which is a delight for lovers of the traditional British townscape - straight out of John Ahern! Some of the buildings go back to the late 1400s, and no high rise anywhere, except the Cathedral.
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PostPosted: Tue May 08, 2018 7:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I only ever witnessed the harbour branch in use once. It was a class 33 coupled push/pull with an EMU style four car trailer set, so just straight in and out at the terminal end. I think the third rail only got as far as BoMo at the time so the through portion from London would have been coupled with a matching pair of four car EMUs as far as there, then loco hauled for the rest of the journey.

What would be difficult to model would be the p-way gang preceding the train and bouncing illegally parked cars clear of the loading gauge... Though I'm sure the loco would have made short work of the job and been better at persuading the owners not to do it again. Laughing
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giles b



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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Just had a surprise, and last minute, invitation to a show at Dulwich on 26 May. Luckily the venue is only about two miles away, and I've also managed to get some help for the morning, so it should be a pleasant day.
I needed to tweak the sequence cards, which I've done, on paper, at least - it will be a dress rehearsal for what was going to be the layout's next outing at Burgess Hill on 1st September. There are also a couple of couplers needing attention, but nothing major.

If you're in S.E. London, the show is at the James Allen's Girls School, East Dulwich Grove, SE22 8TE and is open between 10am and 4.30pm. There should be 15 or 16 layouts.
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