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 Posted: Fri Jul 29th, 2022 12:05 pm
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In the early 1950s I spent several years on holiday in West Bay.
I can honestly say they were some of the happiest years of my life,
West Bay is such a wonderful and magical place.

For many visitors,
it was a world away from the war-damaged London,
and the little train took us the town.




Frank Butt - Fisherman and Harbour Pilot.

As mentioned, West Bay had a station,
it closed when the local bus service made it uneconomic.





This is the station after closure, it became a local boat repair yard such was the lack of space at West Bay. The intention is to model West Bay just before closure with the rather grand station replaced by something more prosaic in the shape of a colonial clapboard pavilion.

The space really is minimal, just 1100x222mm, enough for a lone turnout and a couple of rather neglected sidings.

By 'borrowing' scenes from other locations, a more plausible story will emerge, the iconic 'White Swan crossing' will do as a scenic break, a train emerging from such a tight space is rather surprising.






Thankfully two tiny terraced houses

are in my 'roundtoit' cupboard and will do very nicely indeed.





That's enough of a pre-amble,

in the meanwhile, there is more to be found here.


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Tim

I can't wait to see more of your work.

That photo of the abandoned station is heartbreaking,

I assume most of us get saddened by torn up tracks.




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 Posted: Sat Jul 30th, 2022 11:53 am
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Lee B wrote:  
I can't wait to see more of your work.

That photo of the abandoned station is heartbreaking,

I assume most of us get saddened by torn up tracks.


There are two active links to my blogs in the posting above.

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A couple of buildings for the diorama.





The 'office' is actually a colonial pavilion, pre-fabricated and delievered to the site in sections. The chair is a copy and a tribute to James Henry Hale, who recycled two Georgian garden chairs from a site on the Portman Estate, london during the blitz. They survive to this day after moving around Southern England, they currently occupy a space in our garden in west Dorset.

Finally, what other building is needed to empasise the proximity of the sea - a boat repair workshop with accompanying small boats seems appropriate.




The odd blotchy weathering is inspired by a similar structure on the strand nearby, it always seems to be grey, weather-worn whilst the corrugated roof is rusty and covered with a layer of beach deposited by the relentless wind.

More to follow but only if there is interest.




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I am VERY interested.

Very good workmanship.

Thanks for posting.

Jose.




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Since Tim's Threads on Freerails

have received  438,591  Page Views

as of a minute or two ago ...


I doubt there's a lack of interest !

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 Posted: Sat Aug 6th, 2022 08:32 am
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Hi Eddie

I don’t seem to have access to the viewing figures,
I only take notice of comments whether good or bad.


Posting takes time and effort, without feedback,
it does seem as if that time and effort is wasted.


However, thanks for your response,
it is appreciated.


Tim


BTW, what is it with the formatting ?

I hit the return to create paragraphs,
and as soon as I hit send,
all the paragraph detents disappeared...





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" I don't seem to have access to the viewing figures "


Hi Tim


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That can often, mostly, work fine, for both text & photos,

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 Posted: Sun Aug 7th, 2022 10:27 am
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Sunday morning in the cool of the shed.

Selecting figures is always a bit pragmatic,
especially if the scene only features but one figure,
in this case the stationmaster.

Unfortunately not sure what constitutes a Col.Stephens* employee,
presumably he would have some type of uniform possibly outdated.





The figure is a 3D-print for one of our FB group members,
and is rather appropriate for the late '40s,
the bench is also specific to the location in West Dorset,
but not sure about the dog.


*This link will take you to a short description of Col.Holman Stephens, it is interesting.




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" ...not sure about the dog. "


Taking it from this site,

I think it will pass.




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