Tuesday, 31 October 2017

My Clever Brother: Hamworthy Junction #Trains Railway Modelling #Nostalgia #Railwayana


My brother has been a railway modelling artiste since childhood, and he's made a layout in his loft to reproduce Hamworthy Junction in Poole, Dorset, from the 1950s (see YouTube video from 1964 at end of this post).  I thought you might like to see some of the photos; the artistry and workmanship is amazing.  I've included some of his explanations from his regular bulletins, because the information will be of interest to others who enjoy this pursuit.  Sorry the photos are so small on my blog!  I have much larger versions.


 'A view across the yard with an eastbound train speeding through. I built the yard crane from a kit and added the figures, which have had their arms and legs
repositioned to suit. The crates are a one-piece moulding that only needed a coat of paint, and the trolley started life as a market stall kit. The Bedford truck is built from a kit and seemed to take ages to get right, however I was happy with it once I had found the right shade of blue.'




'The stationmaster wonders who has parked their brand new E-Series Vauxhall
Cresta outside his house! The telephone box is built from an etched brass kit and
features full interior detail, not that you can see it here. I think the plinth needs
letting into the road surface as it is quite a step up into the box.'



'These are ready-to-run Hornby items, weathered and
with suitable loads added, either from kits or lengths of balsa ‘plank’.'



'Waiting at the bus stop on Blandford Road could be a fruitless exercise; although many trains cross the bridge above, I have yet to see a single bus on this road!'


'This picture and the next are eye-level shots down Platform 2. Canopies are built
from 1959-vintage Airfix kits and the waiting room is scratch built from card
and plastic sheet.'




Hard graft outside the loco shed.


 A new arrival waits for a taxi! 



Watching the world (and the trains) go by









Finally, the following may be of interest...


'It is a piece of footage taken in 1964 of a Locomotive Club of Great Britain rail tour hauled by a Maunsell Q class, running from Poole via Holes Bay and through Hamworthy, down the branch to Hamworthy Goods. It shows fleeting glimpses of the station that I have been trying to recreate in miniature over the past few years and I hope that I have been able to capture some of the atmosphere.'

17 comments:

  1. Love this, Terry. So many memories of going to railway events - modelling and live steam - with my dad.

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    1. Thanks, Anne - and yes, I love live steam too. My brother is quite a fanatic!

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  2. Hi Terry - clever brother you've got - the patience ... my admiration - what a lovely layout - looks pretty faithful to me ... really enjoyable to see and to watch the clip at the end ... lovely those rides by the sea - cheers Hilary

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    1. Yes, isn't that clip lovely? Thanks for reading, Hilary :)

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  3. Wow, this is fantastic! I used to love visiting model villages with my children and would marvel at the time and skill it took to put these miniature worlds together.

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    1. I know, it's that intricate detail that impresses me so much, and it's all so tiny. A total impossibility with my eyesight, of course :)

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  4. Such beautiful workmanship, Terry. You're not the only talented member of your family!

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  5. This is absolutely incredible. Your brother really is an artist.

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    1. Isn't he just? I am looking forward to seeing the real thing :)

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  6. I know this junction very well from our many holidays in the area. What an amazing model!

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    1. Oh, that's interesting, Liz! Thanks x

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  7. A very clever brother indeed! Brilliant!!

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  8. It's so clever, isn't it! I saw it for the first time a few weeks ago, and Eddie got it running for me. I could just sit there for ages and look at all the little details. I'm so impressed I'm lost for words!

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  9. Absolutely fascinating, how brilliant he is. I particularly like the model of the Cresta - my second car was a Wyvern, which was also E series, I loved it, model took me back

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  10. That's amazing, TT! I'm sorry I missed this earlier! Your brother's a genius. I love model railways and all that is miniature!

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