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Author Topic: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?  (Read 17986 times)

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #420 on: May 29, 2020, 09:19:03 AM »
a Vaux tanker would be good, 'cos it sure as hell wouldn't be Camerons  :beers:

Nowt wrong with Cameronís. I still remember the brewery trip I had 50 years ago. In the town, 90% of the pubs were theirs with S&N, Vaux and Nimmos making up the rest. The clubs were all Federation bitter - almost as good as Exhibition IMHO.
« Last Edit: May 29, 2020, 09:20:27 AM by Malc »
The years have been good to me, it was the weekends that did the damage.

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #421 on: May 29, 2020, 09:26:12 AM »
Federation Best was indeed similar to Newcastle Exhibition, Malc, except better.  :)

Rolling stock musing 2.

Coaching stock, this time.

Bealman was quite happy with this back in the day....



A Poole Farish coach, which was printed on a carcass of clear plastic. This meant flush sides, which to me was a big improvement on the huge window ledges on the Minitrix alternatives, which must have scaled out at a foot or so wide!!



Actually, I still rate the model. In a rake, and moving, they look fine in my eyes. Yeah, when you look closely, things like roof fittings let it down, but that's only because I happen to know that modern offerings have separate wire fittings. If I didn't know that, I probably wouldn't notice!

But look what it's coupled to.....



An NGS 'Stove R', one of the new wave models. This six-wheeler is typical of the detailing on modern coaching stock, even though strictly speaking, it's not coaching stock, I guess.



To finish off this post, here is the last Poole loco I acquired:



Digging this 2-6-4 out of it's cardboard Farish 'Adult collectors' box, I was delighted to find that it runs like a charm.... slow crawl on DC as well!



The only thing wrong is that it has had it's front left buffer snapped off, and that's gone AWOL. They are oval buffers on this heavy tank locomotive, and hard to source, I suspect, but it's such a lovely runner and a handsome loco, it'll get future use regardless.  :thumbsup:
« Last Edit: May 29, 2020, 11:20:39 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #422 on: May 29, 2020, 09:38:12 AM »
George @Bealman , have you tried for replacement buffers    https://www.farishnspares.co.uk/graham-farish.html?page=all         and    https://www.nbrasslocos.co.uk/fitbr.html  ?    Im sure they may stock replacements for such a beautiful loco

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #423 on: May 29, 2020, 09:48:22 AM »
Thank you for these excellent photographs, George.  That '4MT' 2-6-4T looks wonderful.  It somehow has more 'presence' than the contemporary, more detailed, model.

Best wishes.

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #424 on: May 29, 2020, 10:05:27 AM »
I agree. It is certainly a solid model, with it's metal body. It is a BIG loco!

Shame about the pizza cutter wheels, but if they were blackened, and a bit of paint put on the copper pickup strip visible between the wheels, it would look great.

Certainly one of the company's better offerings, even in it's death throes, so to speak.

I'm amazed it runs so beautifully, too.  :thumbsup:
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #425 on: May 29, 2020, 10:23:57 AM »
In fact I like it so much, here's another shot!



And as the sun was setting in the garage....



.....signals were reflected by the rails at Kirkby Langdale.....



.....and lights came on in Parkend Processing Plant at Skeggles Water  :beers:





« Last Edit: May 29, 2020, 10:26:45 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #426 on: May 29, 2020, 10:59:26 AM »

I'm amazed it runs so beautifully, too.  :thumbsup:

George,

I have to agree the Poole, Standard 4MT tank is a good runner and will run remarkably well at slow speed. One of the better Poole offerings.

Stay safe

Mike H  8)

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #427 on: May 29, 2020, 11:14:53 AM »
I used replacement turned brass buffers from the NGS shop.

They also work for the mk1 Farish Deltic and the mk1 Farish Duchess.

Best regards,


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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #428 on: May 30, 2020, 04:55:55 AM »
A bit of surrealism!

Firstly, thanks for the heads-up on the buffers, guys. I'm so impressed with that locomotive, I'll definitely be looking at replacements!  :thumbsup:

Anyway, rummaging around the layout the other day in the late afternoon savage Aussie almost-winter sunlight, just after I took this shot of Tate's Fishing Supplies at Troutbeck Bridge:



I discovered this:



An old Hornby-Minitrix goods shed which will no doubt be kit-bashed into something else. Then, in a moment reminiscent of a scene from Eric Sykes' short movie 'The Plank", I noticed these shadows on the sky backscene (garage wall) behind:



I thought, surreal! The shadows were cast by various paint, glue bottles and caulking gun cartridges, but I was instantly reminded of the big steelworks at Port Kembla, which is such a big part of my home town here.

To prove my point, here is a picture we have hanging at Chez Bealman - a pen and ink by yours truly, dated 1976. It is my impression of the steelworks, a couple of years after my arrival on these shores. Similarity, non? Perhaps not.



My rendering shows the huge stack on the left, which of course was demolished in spectacular fashion a few years ago.

And finally for now, today's Aussie fact, courtesy of yet another lockdown Victoria Bitter:



Yet another one of our lovely native critters  :uneasy:

« Last Edit: May 30, 2020, 04:57:08 AM by Bealman »
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #429 on: May 30, 2020, 05:35:29 AM »
I presume there are large fines if you take one outside without a leash?
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #430 on: May 30, 2020, 05:40:32 AM »
There should be! I don't know if it was a one of those, but we sometimes get some big red ants out near the front step. One bit me between the toes once, and boy, did I know about it!
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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #431 on: May 30, 2020, 07:01:30 AM »
That shadow is fantastic George, even replicates a cloud of smoke rising on the left!!

So is the 'new' bit going to be a version of Port Kembla????

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« Reply #432 on: May 30, 2020, 07:13:44 AM »
Yeah, glad you noticed that 'cloud' on the left, Craig. I never noticed it when I took the photo, and to be honest, I'm not at all sure what caused it - but it goes nicely with the effect.

No, there most certainly will NOT be a replica of Port Kembla!  :no:
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« Reply #433 on: May 30, 2020, 07:38:58 AM »
A bit of surrealism!

Firstly, thanks for the heads-up on the buffers, guys. I'm so impressed with that locomotive, I'll definitely be looking at replacements!  :thumbsup:

Anyway, rummaging around the layout the other day in the late afternoon savage Aussie almost-winter sunlight, just after I took this shot of Tate's Fishing Supplies at Troutbeck Bridge:



I discovered this:



An old Hornby-Minitrix goods shed which will no doubt be kit-bashed into something else. Then, in a moment reminiscent of a scene from Eric Sykes' short movie 'The Plank", I noticed these shadows on the sky backscene (garage wall) behind:



I thought, surreal! The shadows were cast by various paint, glue bottles and caulking gun cartridges, but I was instantly reminded of the big steelworks at Port Kembla, which is such a big part of my home town here.

To prove my point, here is a picture we have hanging at Chez Bealman - a pen and ink by yours truly, dated 1976. It is my impression of the steelworks, a couple of years after my arrival on these shores. Similarity, non? Perhaps not.



My rendering shows the huge stack on the left, which of course was demolished in spectacular fashion a few years ago.

And finally for now, today's Aussie fact, courtesy of yet another lockdown Victoria Bitter:



Yet another one of our lovely native critters  :uneasy:
  I thought I remembered that hornby minitrix shed.   Like the industrial scenes george.
 
 

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Re: Beal & Castle Eden. ... restoration?
« Reply #434 on: May 30, 2020, 09:24:25 AM »
A bit of surrealism!



I thought, surreal! The shadows were cast by various paint, glue bottles and caulking gun cartridges

I'm still not sure why you would keep your cosmetics on the layout :confused2:

 

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