I’m doing one in 3mm if only !
Pancake day tomorrow
Nice model of a J39 and baseboards too
Ted is back
Valentines Day saw the good Mrs Driscoll and I travel to London Victoria to board the Valentines Day express headed by LNER B1 Mayflower to Brighton organised by Steam Dreams for a special screening of the Film Brief Encounter which is 70 years old.
After a sumptuous dinner in the Weatherspoons above W H Smith washed down by a pint of Wandle ale, we made our way to platform 7 to await our train. Standing by the entrance it was clear to see who our travelling companions were as they too were clutching their cream coloured tickets.
Soon the unmistakable sound of a diesel filled the station and our train had arrived with a class 47 in Stratford livery as tail end Charlie.
Being coach K we did not have far to go and found our seats in good time. Promptly at 6.09pm we pulled out of platform 7 to make our tortious way over to the Brighton side with County of Essex giving us a good push up the steep climb to Grosvenor bridge and onto the slow lines through Battersea Park and Clapham Junction, in fact all the way down to East Croydon. It was quite a spectacle to watch those on the platform open mouthed or suddenly reach for their mobile phone to take a picture.
Good progress was made through Purely where the train took the line to Redhill by which time Mrs Driscoll and I were sipping the Chardonnay. Slow progress through Redhill and then fits and starts of speed. Pass Gatwick leaving behind the inevitable steam trail and the lovely smell that goes with it.
Three Bridges was passed with the new depot in the dark on the right hand side, over Ouse Valley viaduct and then Hayward’s Heath. As it was dark it was difficult to tell when in a tunnel as unlike modern trains our ears didn’t pop.
There was a good turnout of people at Hassocks as we steamed through as You Tube will testify – always good to see both young and old alike.
No sooner had we gone through Clayton tunnel then we were at Preston Park slowing for Brighton. Arriving at Brighton seemed to take an age. There was defiantly no shortage of steam on Mayflower’s part as she was blowing off furiously through her safety valve which was quite ear piercing!
There was a veritable gaggle of people around Mayflower and the Steam Dreams Stewards had their work cut out herding us to board the coaches for the film.
Part 2 tomorrow.
13th Feb 50 years ago was the inaugural meeting of the 3mm Society in Keen House.
Throughout 2015 members of the Society will be exhibiting their layouts around the country, indeed next Saturday I will be at the Tonbridge Show helping the Croydon lads with Hemlock so if you are about pop in and say hello.
3mm Exhibition In Kidderminster.
On Wednesday night I had the privilege of being asked to judge the Croydon MRS modelling competition.
A very high standard of entries again this year and I was asked to judge alongside Terry Kempton from Orpington Model Railway club.
A lot of work had gone in to the entries
And congratulations to all that entered.
Here are the pictures
My thanks to Croydon MRS for a most enjoyable evening.
And here is a picture of the prototype
Christchurch a place to visit on our travels – roll on summer