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The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« on: March 28, 2020, 01:08:04 AM »
After the suggestion by @dannyboy in @Dizz 's excellent layout thread that photographs probably were not around when I began my layout, I thought I'd better straighten things out.

Photographs were most certainly around at the time. Here is a selection of Bealman's photographic equipment from the era, which he still has today:

Still Photography

Camera, proudly made by Kodak. Great Britain:








Then along came flash and COLOUR!!





Video equipment.



Note that Bealman did not muck around here. Only top-notch, state of the art - genuine Eastman Kodak, made in Rochester, New Jersey, USA. Real leather carry case:



Precision clockwork drive system guaranteed to provide plenty of beefy power for a full 4 minutes of Standard 8mm film:





So hopefully this will silence the naysayers  :P
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2020, 01:53:24 AM »
Trip down memory lane george. Something to tell the grandchild about

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2020, 09:19:40 AM »
Very nice collection  :thumbsup:
Do you still use any of them?

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2020, 09:31:30 AM »
Thanks!  :thumbsup:

No, in fact the only reason they're here in Australia with me at all is that they happened to be in the desk I had shipped out here when my parents died suddenly in 1990. However, I'm sure they will all still work.

In my college years in the very early seventies, I fancied myself as a budding Steven Spielberg, and made a few short movies, and that's the last time that movie camera would have been used.

The post was tongue-in-cheek - I certainly have never used any of the gear to photograph my layout!  ;)

However, now I've started the thread and we're in the middle of this lock down, I intend to dig out some very early construction pictures.  :beers:
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #4 on: March 31, 2020, 02:26:06 AM »
Back in 1988, I kicked off a folder documenting the Beal and Castle Eden Railway. It got as far as 1990, but the folder still exists. In fact I just took this pic!



In it, I put circuit and wiring diagrams, construction details, etc.

The Castle Eden terminus was fully documented,and part of the Kirkby Langdale section, but that's as far as it got!

Here is a 1990 survey, also included in the file:



I also started photographing the early stages of construction. Unfortunately, the pictures are crap! I was using an Olympus OM10 camera without a flash or lights, so most of the time, the depth of field is pathetic!

However, it is at least a record of those early days, which I present here. I'll let the annotations in the file do the talking.
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #5 on: March 31, 2020, 02:49:57 AM »
New Year 1988:



Midyear:









Castle Eden terminus is a mirror image of Peter Denny's Leighton Buzzard, which incorporated a three way point. The only one that was available in those days was a Shinohara product, and while difficult to connect to Peco Code 80, I managed it. It is visible here.









Stage 2 - the Kirkby Langdale section:







All of the locos almost visible here are of course Minitrix - all there was back then!!!



Poole 08, devoid of outside frames:













And there we go.... unfortunately, my pictures of bad pictures are equally as bad!!

However maybe it just adds to the atmosphere of just how old this layout is - 32 years since those pictures!! :worried: :uneasy:

Interesting that as of July 1988, I was still thinking about an American model - even using the term "turnout". I guess I'd come to my senses by September!  ;)
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #6 on: March 31, 2020, 03:02:49 AM »
It still stands and works george ?

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #7 on: March 31, 2020, 03:04:57 AM »
Yeah, it's still there and partially working.
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #8 on: March 31, 2020, 03:07:44 AM »
Impressive. Something to occupy you during lock down. Really enjoying these threads.

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #9 on: March 31, 2020, 07:13:34 AM »
Very good documentary, George. Lot's of pictures and explanation as you're going along. Something that never occurred to me though I wish it had.

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #10 on: March 31, 2020, 08:45:20 AM »
Yeah, I started out with good intentions to document everything, but didn't bother after 1990. Stage 1 wiring is all there in the folder, so troubleshooting that isn't too bad.

Stage 2 is a nightmare, however, because not only did I stop writing it all down, I gave away the colour coding system as well!  :doh:
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2020, 11:37:12 AM »
I remember the Railway Modeller article in the 90s, featuring your Crosti 9F :thumbsup:

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2020, 11:56:29 AM »
Thanks, Joe, that;s very flattering!  :beers:

I have that issue (May 1997) here with me tonight, actually. However, credit where credit's due - the Minitrix 9F was not my work, it was done by a fellow called John Baker, who's name appears as the author of the pink panel contained within the body of my article.  :thumbsup:

The photo shows the 9F crossing the bridge seen in the second from the end picture above.

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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #13 on: April 02, 2020, 01:38:53 AM »
While on the subject of 1990s Railway Modeller articles, I was in the newsagents one day early in 1995, glancing through the latest one, when I turned a page and thought, that looks familiar! Then I realised it was mine! I'd sent them an article a few months prior, and then completely forgotten about it!



The editor of the day, the late John Brewer, added under the title, "Regular readers will be familiar with the "Beal and Castle Eden Railway", an Antipodian homage to the North Country scenery and one of the hobby's pioneers." which I thought was rather nice.



Another panel within the article, again by John Baker, outlined how he had gone about turning my Peco Jubilee "Bahamas" into green-liveried "Renown", complete with yellow cabside warning stripe, meaning the loco was banned from the newly energised electrified sections of the West Coast Mail Line from September 1964.

Unfortunately the model started playing up, and was sent to forum member and repair guru @Ozymandias.

At this point, I must say this stay at home policy is seeing me posting a lot of stuff on here, but I really should be out in the garage getting the layout restored!  ;)
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Re: The Beal & Castle Eden: The early years
« Reply #14 on: April 02, 2020, 11:22:31 AM »
I too had a box brownie in the day. Took 126 film, I seem to remember.
I tried examining your photo of the brewery buildings, but couldn’t see the Nimmos sign.
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