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Hi All,

Took some outdoor photos whilst I was off sick and forgot about them!


All 3 feet or 261 scale feet of Walmington Pier from shore to pier head.


The Piermaster (not modelled on me) greets two customers as they wait for the tram. Note Hornby power connector marked up as an electricity feeder box Southend Pier used to mark their feeder boxes with 'Danger, This Railway is ALIVE with Electricity' and later superseded by 'Danger Electric Railway'.


Tram No.1 (the only tram on the line) is ready to depart and most of the time propels its always-empty luggage trolley in vain anticipation.


"Look, we're travelling over the sea!!!"


Arrival at pier head and low-budget (every expense spared) entertainment awaits you!!!


The end of the pier show - Punch & Judy, Dancing Bear, Barrel Organ with monkeys, Cockney Flower Seller all await you!! (No diver that day I forgot).


And soon it is time to go home.

A Grand Edwardian Day Out!!!

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I'm sure there would have been a few
for the mixed bathing!

Is there a sound chip for Sousa's band music?


Thanks for sharing that, Bluey
 

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An article on Walmington Pier Tramway should be appearing in the January 2009 issue of Model Rail.

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Look greats Dave .... i can hear the seagulls and organ music on the end of the pier
have a good break over Christmas look forward to the January issue of Modelrail.
 

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Hi All,

Sweltering here in the Philippines with 28-31C heat and paid a visit to an aircon internet cafe (20 pesos (30p)/hour) and thanks to another member in another forum, he sent me this to cheer me up:

http://www.oo-levington.com/pier.pdf

My nearest active railway line is 100 miles away, and that's in Manila!

I am impressed with the reproductive quality of the article.

Off to Singapore on Thursday.

Happy New Year,

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Hi all,

Now in Singapore, will have a look in WH Smith's in Singapore centre tomorrow (Yes, there is one in North Bridge Road).

Been busy photographing Singapore's Mass Rapid and Light Rapid Transit lines, have a depot visit later in the week and will do a photo session in this forum upon my return.

Cold enough for you British members?

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QUOTE Cold enough for you British members?

I can't think what you mean; it's 4 C and promising to rise to 10 C; positively tropical


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Mrs Piermaster (my wife Lydia) gave me a copy of 'British Seaside Piers' for Christmas and I cannot get my face out of the book!! For it is profusely illustrated with aerial photos of British seaside piers, past and present and I have an idea for the landward end scene - a length of Hadfields tram track base at right-angles to the pier with a just-won-on-eBay Corgi 3-window open-top car.

More to follow when I return!!

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Brrrrr!!!! It's too cold to work in the garage today!!

So here's the original photos of Walmington Pier Tramway that were submitted to Model Rail for my article in last month's issue:


The shore end. Only part of the photo was used.


From shore to pier head.


Over the waves. Slightly cropped in the article.


Eye-level view of the pier tram. Not used in article.


Tram at pier head.


The end of the pier show. Slightly cropped for the article, yet no comment was made about the pier diver and the Grim Reaper companion!


From pier head to shore.

The Model Rail Team did an amazing job on my photos.

Have now got a Corgi Lowestoft open-top tram and a Hadfields cobblestone track base to complete the shore end.

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QUOTE (Piermaster @ 12 Jan 2009, 10:09) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Mrs Piermaster (my wife Lydia) gave me a copy of 'British Seaside Piers' for Christmas and I cannot get my face out of the book!! For it is profusely illustrated with aerial photos of British seaside piers, past and present ......

Dave,

Any information on Authors, Publishers and ISBN of the above book - just that there are several books with this or a very similar title so I was wondering if I already had it or not.

Thanks in anticipation,
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QUOTE (John Webb @ 1 Feb 2009, 13:42) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Dave,

Any information on Authors, Publishers and ISBN of the above book - just that there are several books with this or a very similar title so I was wondering if I already had it or not.

Thanks in anticipation,
John Webb

Hi John,

Title: British Seaside Piers
Authors: Chris Mawson and Richard Riding
ISBN: 978-0-7110-3251-4
Publisher: Ian Alan
Date: 2008
Price: £19.99

Also available from Waterstones.

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Saw this in the mag mentioned and was very impressed! Lovely cameo scenes and lots going on that needs more than a close look at the photos to notice. I completly missed the pier diver and grim reaper untill they were pointed out!
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Hi Steve,

Thanks for the compliments. I see that you live in Deal, well I took Walmington Pier Tramway to Deal last June where it was on display at the Royal Hotel for the National Piers Society AGM where Deal Pier was awarded the NPS Pier of the Year for 2008. Had enough trouble trying to get a parking space, and not enough time to visit your pier.

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QUOTE (Piermaster @ 1 Feb 2009, 13:50) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Title: British Seaside Piers
Authors: Chris Mawson and Richard Riding
ISBN: 978-0-7110-3251-4
Publisher: Ian Alan
Date: 2008
Price: £19.99

Thanks, Dave - haven't got that one - next birthday is just over a month away......

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QUOTE (Piermaster @ 1 Feb 2009, 14:51) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>Hi Steve,

Thanks for the compliments. I see that you live in Deal, well I took Walmington Pier Tramway to Deal last June where it was on display at the Royal Hotel for the National Piers Society AGM where Deal Pier was awarded the NPS Pier of the Year for 2008. Had enough trouble trying to get a parking space, and not enough time to visit your pier.

Dave

But have you seen the monstrocity they have built on the end? It is to replace the cafe building that had seen better days, Shoulda just closed the cafe as its nought but a very greasy spoon. Still I spose the fisherman that loiter on the peir needed somewhere to get a cuppa!
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Rather than doing a street scene for the shore end, I chose to do a simple tram terminus:


No rocket science or nuclear physics here - just a Hadfield track track base cantilevered out from the end board and a Corgi Lowestoft car plonked on top! Figures to populate the upper deck and the driver to follow.

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I like the tram idea Dave, it should look good when it's populated.

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Lowestoft Tram 14 terminates at Walmington Pier!




The open top floor has been repainted and Preiser Edwardian figures added to the front platform and upstairs - It's worth noting that the Corgi trams are HO.

I wanted a tram from a seaside town and this Lowestoft car was the only seaside tram I could get, once I saw its high-quality finish I certainly decided not to repaint the model.

Now everybody knows that I live in Suffolk!!

Dave
 
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