Worth a read. Surprising the number of puns closing or closed 😞
Another very informative meeting, this time on the pros and cons of chassis building.
I gave the sorry tale of my Terrier chassis – determined to get it to work!
Tony Briddon brought along his competition winning Duchess which runs as good as it looks.
We also had a SE&CR O running (13.5 but able to go round the 14.2 test track).
Andrew Barnes brought along some of his lovely coaches
And for good measure a scratchbuilt SE&CR class C 0-6-0 which did quite a few circuits!
There was an example of an 0-6-0 chassis
And then Group discussion
All finished off with a couple of pints in the Parcel Yard – a good end to the day 😊
A micro pub in Dorchester we visited yesterday. Was quite empty when we arrived but started to fill up after we had settled down.
Had a half of Blighty (yes you read that correctly) but to compensate took home a 2 pint carton of Potholer. Also picked up a copy of the local CAMRA magazine
Nice atmosphere and the half of Blighty went down a treat.
Recommended for a visit. The Rabbit is in a alley near the Plaza cinema in Dorchester.
The Potholer was very nice but would not keep in the carton for more that 2/3 hours so had to be consumed that evening.
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
A very pleasent 5 hours 😀
Went to the GBRF diesel gala on the Bluebell today. Very nice selection of locos plus the Bluebells own 09 doing brakevan/observation coach trips.
The weather to be frank was appalling but plenty of people about despite the April showers.
Here are the photos
To show the 09 was rather busy then the brakevan special
And so returned to Horstead Keynes on the 4TC set which is in a rather peculiar teak imitation livery. I did take a photo with the camera so will post along with Colas 47 that was also brought in.
Later on I went back to Sheffield Park but there was time for this in the buffet.
So back to Sheffield Park behind 2x class 20 & the 73 although on its arrival at Horstead before I boarded this train was brought in by the 66 & 73 combination from earlier.
And as I could, got out at Kingscote for a scout round whilst waiting for the down train to arrive.
Thank you GBRF and of course the Bluebell for hosting the gala 👍😀
Overtons’ Yard, Page and Overton’s Brewery
Croydon has a history of brewing that dates back to the 16th century. Page and Overton’s Brewery was formed in 1892 when Nathaniel Page joined forces with Frederick Overton, owner of the Royal Oak Brewery in Surrey Street. £100,000 was spent in 1929 on enlarging the brewery premises and installing additional plant.
A report compiled in 1932 outlines the improvements made to the plant, the bottling machine being described as a ‘real marvel’, filling and crowning bottles at a rate of 300 dozen per hour. The Page and Overton Company became one of the oldest and largest industries in Croydon, before being closed in 1954. It had its own maltings in Church Road, and wells for extracting water for brewing. The malt houses survived until the early 1970s and the only building standing today is at No.8 Overton’s Yard. This brick granary, dating from 1880, has been well restored as Granaries Nightclub.
Did you know that there use to be a brewery in the centre of Croydon?
Well up until 1954 there was. Page & Overton were the Brewer. The building is now a night club, but is still in Overtons Yard off Surrey Street market.
I mentioned in my earlier blog that we passed the Dark Star brewery on the way down to Steyning and thought that would be a good place to visit. Well on the way back that’s what we did – nearly driving past until a voice in the back said oh the Dark Star brewery! So a swift U turn found us on an anonymous Industrial estate searching for the delight that is Dark Star. Unit 22 was our goal and sure enough the Dark Star shop beckoned the 3 of us inside and oh what delights we found – Hophead in bottles, Festival, Partridge & Revelation on draft, so 2 pints of Partridge (Supplied in a plastic carton like that used for milk) and 2 bottles of Hophead were swiftly purchased, all for the princely sum of £8.20!
As we turned to leave one of the staff said to us where have you come from ? Croydon we said and he replied as you have travelled a way to see us would you like a tour round the brewery? Well we did not need to be asked twice and spent around an hour being shown how Dark Star beers are made. Very interesting, I never realised how much went into making beer and the set up was not want I expected – no copper stills, stainless steel is used instead. here are the pictures
So after our trip round we bade our farewells and headed back to Croydon. A trip to Partridge Green and Dark Star is recommended and needless to say the 2 pints of Partridge are no more having been consumed that very evening!