Monday, 15 May 2017

Superb Sidmouth (3)

But First ...
Are they having a laugh? Railway modelling is a very expensive hobby. Even if the typical "young lad", as from fbb's teenage years, were today to decide to take up the hobby, he would find most models well beyond "pocket money" prices. Of course, manufacturers know their market (hopefully?) and base their business model on short production runs with consequential "ouch" prices.

How about owning a model "Dynamometer Car"?

Yer what?

The first dynamometer car was probably one built in about 1838 by the "Father of Computing" Charles Babbage. Working for the Great Western Railway of Great Britain, he equipped a passenger carriage to be placed between an engine and train and record data on a continuously moving roll of paper. The recorded data included the pulling force of the engine, a plot of the path of the carriage and the vertical shake of the carriage.

This is the London and North Easter Railway's version on display at York Railway Museum.
Rails of Sheffield (suppliers of the basis for fbb's model of Ryan, chum of Thomas the Tank Engine) has announced that it will have a model of this short bogie vehicle on sale late this year or early 2018. A 3D printed mock-up is shown here.
It will come with a fully detailed interior ...
... which look potentially superb. But it is only a coach; it doesn't have a motor or complex DCC technology. 

So, how much will it cost? Answer at the end of this blog.
More from Sidmouth, Model and Full-size.
Approach Sidmouth on the B3176 and you will soon spot Bradford's builders merchants yard on the left. 
This business takes up most of the goods yard of the former Sidmouth station. Next comes premises that replace the one-time engine shed as featured in yesterday's blog.
A reminder below of the model engine shed from a similar point of view.
Finally, you come to the former station buildings. 
The tall structure at the end was once the stationmaster's house, now in private hands.
The building is unchanged since it was built, apart from cosmetic improvements ...
... and, as we might expect, it is beautifully and accurately modelled by our hero, Mr Richard Harper.
His model is based around the late 50s early 60s, so the hedge has grown since then! There are some lovely touches. Look at the bottom left of the picture above. There is a delightful "traditional" finger post.
And it is still there!
Sadly, it has lost one of its "fingers" (or has Richard made a mistake? Unthinkable!); but it is modelled beautifully including the white and black road numbers.

To complete the picture, there are some pleasant (and doubtless expensive) individually designed properties opposite the station yard entrance ...
... and here are two of them in model form.
Just superb!

The layout does the rounds of Model Railway Exhibitions but will appear in its home town later this year.
In August, to mark 50 years since the closure of Sidmouth railway, Kennaway House will host a 26ft-long replica model version of the old town train station. Richard Harper, from Leamington Spa, put together the working construction and it will go on display for three days.

fbb will try to catch the Sidmouth dates and pass them on to those who may be nearby for their summer hols.
The Dymamometer Car
In fbb's slick-delivered parcel (see yesterday's blog) was yet another coach for his model railway. There was just a smidgen of packing in the outer box ...
... but in there somewhere was this.
A second hand Hornby Pullman car, with full (? no working lights) interior, perhaps a little weak in detail at underframe level and with a couple of scratches on the bodyside. No worries, fbb will position the coach so the scratches are on the "away" side from any critical onlooker.

It came with even more packaging.
And it cost ... £9.
Back to buses tomorrow.

Please note that Mrs fbb and fbb are off on a brief holiday to Minehead on Wednesday. The property will be guarded by Jacko the cat, next door neighbour and next door neigbour's ferocious slavering hound. Blogging should continue as (ab)normal, but interruptions to normal service may result if WiFi is not very Wi or Fi.

 Next branding blog : Tuesday 16th May 


  1. Replies
    1. If you don't like FBB's interests, so what!
      Others may, but not me. I expect the majority of us like-minded pass on with out inane comment.

    2. Can dish it out but can't take it.

    3. There is informed discussion and at various times, I have taken FBB to task whether that be his preoccupation with bashing First or his anti TSY/pro Go app stuff that I feel has overstepped.

      However, if he wishes to post about model railways, why not? It's not of interest to me but it's not offensive or incorrect.

      So anon 09:48/14:26, I wonder what the point is of your posts. If FBB isn't interesting, go elsewhere. I'll cheerfully let these go over my head.

      When he's wrong, I (and others) will point it out to him (even though he won't appreciate it). When he's right, we may concur. If he blogs on something that's not my bag.... well, I won't bother with a weak troll.

  2. Enjoying your holiday fbb

  3. If you would like to email me, with an address for your place in Minehead I will send you copies of the leaflets "Discover Somerset Churches".

  4. The photos suggest that the former engine shed has been added to, rather than replaced. In yesterday's blog, the southern end is surely the building with the two windows to the left of the modern building, and in today's, the arched window in the photo above the model shed looks remarkably like the top of the old doorway at the northern end.

  5. Thanks Sheildsman. You may well be right. I had not looked closely enough. I had hoped to park nearby and peer a bit more carefully, but the road is narrow. Will take another look. Certainly he former shed has been substantially upgraded!