Passengers board the pier tram coupled to the stores van as it prepares for run next run to the pier head.
The sand for the beach came from Wimereux, France and a 'Bathing Machine' (mobile ladies changing hut) characterises the Victorian and Edwardian beach scene. The shed beside the pier is a hut adapted to hide wiring connections through the backscene.
The shore scene is of Dover's Burlington Hotel, built in 1860 and destroyed during World War 2.
Over the waves -
Southend Pier Railway 'Toastrack' Car
The Shapeways/Westgate Models Southend Pier/Volks Railway Car is finished in Teak with a BR Wagon Grey roof. It is populated with Preiser 1900s figures and mounted on a Kato 9mm gauge tram chassis. Seen here hauling the stores van which is a modified Egger-Bahn goods van and now closely resembles a Manx Electric Railway van.
The End of the Pier Show
At the pier head the German Carousel, Punch & Judy Puppet Show, Balloon Seller, Organ Grinder with performing monkeys and a Cockney Flower Seller all await you!!
Underneath the pier and inserted into the backscene is a speaker with a sound chip to give an ambient seaside sound to the whole model.
The Magnificent Man in his Flying Machine
This came about from a forum comment about the aerial view taken of the model, after a lot of searching I obtained a near-scale Corgi model of the 1904 Wright Brothers Flyer which is now mounted into the backscene.
Didn't we 'ave a luvverly time on New Walmington Pier.
All three feet of New Walmington Pier!