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Naturelog: 25th April

Pete's Favourite Things

A few days birdwatching with Keith in Dorset. On our arrival in Weymouth we dropped our luggage off at the accommodation and headed out to the RSPB at Radipole Lake, a nature reserve won the lower reaches of the River Wey as it enters the town.

Radipole RSPB reserve Radipole RSPB reserve

Walking along the entrance path we are greeted by a chorus of Reed Warbler, Sedge Warbler and Cetti’s Warbler all in song, although they all contrive to stay out of sight in the reed-beds. A distant Marsh Harrier was seen and 3 Common Sandpipers were located on an island in the river.

Common Sandpiper Common Sandpiper

Returning back to the reserve centre a Greenshank and 2 Black-tailed Godwits were feeding on the mud exposed by the receding tide.

Common Pochard Common Pochard

Tufted Duck Tufted Duck

Mute Swan (Cygnus olor)
Common Shelduck (Tadorna tadorna)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Mallard [sp] (Anas platyrhynchos)
Eurasian Teal [sp] (Anas crecca)

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Footplate Ride on the 31806

Our Growing Paynes

Whenever we travel back to the UK I always have a list of things to do and eat. Once we land and make our way to Swanage we pop down to the water and I get my fish n chips. Clears the cobwebs. Nothing like the sea air to give you a second wind, or third or fourth, depending on how hard it is to stay awake.

Of course I always ask my FIL if it’s possible to have a footplate ride. I make sure I pack clothes that can get dirty and trainers that are on their last legs. Today I was able to have a ride on the 31806 and it was fabulous! The weather was amazing, which is good as this one is an open cab. Must be miserable in the rain but I didn’t have to worry about that!

Loco Yard had done a post about…

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Once upon a walk

The good Mrs Driscoll, our Boxer Grace and I did the coastal path walk from Bowleaze Cove to Osmington Mills and back a distant of 7 miles undulating walk with a nice lunch at the Smugglers Inn and 2 pints of Badgers finest in the bargain.

You may of read in the news recently about the cracks that appeared in the cliff near Bowleaze , well here they are

There are some lovely views too along the path

And woodland too

Can we have a Peacock xing please!

A very pleasent 5 hours 😀

Inside a Bulleid Double Decker

Loco Yard

Good evening,

My last post before my holiday to sunny spain will be something a bit special, during my visit to Sellindge last weekend I met the 4DD team who are currently working on restoring the Double Decker driving unit they have on site. I was kindly allowed permission to have a quick look and take a few photos inside the unit. Conceived by Oliver Bulleid for the Southern Railway’s commuter route from London Charing Cross to Dartford, the two 4DD electric multiple units were the only double-deck trains to run on the main line railway network in Britain. Whilst common in continental Europe and North America the restrictive railway loading gauge in the United Kingdom prohibits normal double-deck cars with two fully separated decks. The unit is a really interesting piece of history and I am very glad that a team has decided to get together to work with…

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The missing photos

More photos from the Bluebell Diesel gala, featuring the front end of the LT 4TC set, one of the numerous 73’s running, Cl.20’s and Colas 47.



Kirkmellington - a journey into EM

The next instalment in our journey into EM made a quiet debut at the recent Rochdale MRG exhibition. Essentially undergoing commissioning trials, the layout showed the techniques used in its construction and generated much comment and interest. A short video has been published showing the current state of the layout

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Loco Yard

Friday’s steam special left Shrewsbury, heading for Crewe and ultimately Dumfries, soon after 4pm. It was moving along nicely at Battlefield (site of the battle of Shrewsbury more than 600 years ago) a few minutes later. Pictures taken, we headed for home – I was due out again later in the evening. No time for […]

via Who could forget Leander? — geoffspages blog

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35025 Brocklebank Line

One day

Loco Yard

Good evening,

As the blogs resident Merchant Navy reporter I thought I’d share some new photos of 35025 Brocklebank Line. 35025 has been in limbo since she was asked to leave the Great Central Railway in 2005. She then moved to Sellindge with fellow Merchant Navy 35011 General Steam Navigation with the grand plan at the time being to get 35011 and 35025 to be restored to main line running condition and to have excursions over the Folkestone Harbour branch and its stations which would be part of the Remembrance Line. Passengers would then transfer to a period steamer for a cross channel trip to Bolougne and back, then returning to London steam hauled throughout, at the end of the day. Sadly that plan never to pass and now 35025s future is in doubt and as you can see from the photos shes a bit unloved.

Hopefully one day someone…

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Lindon Road

Another layout at Epsom show was Lindon Road, a depiction of a sleepy branchline in Kent, very nicely modelled with Oast houses in the background

St. Merryn

Another layout on show at Epsom over the weekend was St. Merryn, a Scalefour layout set in Cornwall but could well be a Padstow esque example of the the former L&SWR lines in BR days

A fine layout indeed of which my photos do not do justice.

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