Paddington Bear

Who cannot like Paddington?


Now you see them now you dont

Our recycling facilities disappeared from Ashburton Park yesterday


Just one weeks notice and they are gone! All we left with is a small electrical goods recycler and a shoe bin


Brilliant! The site was handy if you had excess recycling that would not go in your bin as we have boxes of which the current number is 7 for the Driscoll abode!


Tonbridge model railway exhibition

Tonbridge MRS exhibition is one of the highlights of February and this year I was invited to help the Croydon lads with Hemlock which is a representation of the Hemyock branch. The scale as you may of guessed is 3mm and Hemlock was originally 12mm gauge and modelled for reverse running where the station was entered from the dairy end instead of from the other direction as on the prototype. The stream running alongside was also made into a canal. However the decision was taken a few years ago now to change the track gauge to 14.2 and thus to accommodate this the running line was changed to come in from the proper direction, although the canal stayed.

Here are some photos of Hemlock

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Sorry for the trees but I have a penchant for model trees and just had to feature these excellent examples made by Mike Davey of Croydon club.

Tonbridge club looked after us and dinner was Shepherds Pie and veg followed by Apple slice and cream. Later also came the cakes (of which I should of taken a few photos ala Phil Parker).

A very enjoyable day and thanks to the Croydon lads for inviting me along. Here are a few pics I took of some of the layouts there.

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Railway, Railway days

Brighton Trip Part 2

You may recall in Part 1 the good Mrs Driscoll and I had arrived at Brighton station with Mayflower blowing off furiously in platform 3.

The Steam Dreams staff shepherded us to the buses waiting to take us to the hotel. Boarding the bus it made a change to see people dressed in their finery.

On arrival at the Hilton we were taken to the room up the elegant stairway which graces the lobby and through a maze of corridors. Now dear reader you may of thought like I did that we would be seated in rows of chairs, but no being a function room we were seated at round tables all very elegant.

Brief Encounter has been digitally remastered for its 70th birthday and was shown with subtitles. As the film started I thought they have got it a**e about face and had forgotten that the tale is a narration from the armchair. Still a good film although you do get a sense of very staged dialogue – good story though about 2 strangers thrown together because of circumstances.

All too soon the film ended and we were all hurried back onto the buses to return to Brighton to board our train. As I hoped the set had not been turned round so this time we were 2 coaches from Mayflower. This time we changed seats as my wife does not like going backwards. Thus we set off and out with the alcohol – whiskey and coke for her and straight Whiskey for me out of the flask she had got me for Valentines. The Whiskey we had was Gold Cap bottled by Palmers in Dorset but distilled in Scotland and very nice it was too.

Travelling through the night , Mayflower made good time and smoke and sparks trailed off into the night. Rather than go through Redhill, we were sent via the Quarry line so a good turn of speed ensured until Purley when we were put back on the slow lines which we stayed on all the way to Victoria where we arrived in Platform 7 on time.

All in all a most enjoyable trip and we got home to Croydon about quarter one Sunday morning . Here are some pics of Mayflower at Victoria.

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