Today a visit to the Isle of Wight and its railways
When you think October is a long way away now at the end of July!
Still lots to do. The Pickering Railcar is now motorised but need to sort out the weight issue.
Good news on the Terrier, I now have a working runnable chassis!
So next to the painting and finishing stage, need to research which one it needs to be.
Today took delivery of a LB&SC 54′ brake coach built for me by Andrew Barnes. An excellent model it is too and my grateful thanks go to Andrew for the time he has put it to building it for me.
That’s all for now.
To hot outside to hot in but slightly cooler so time for modelling.
As promised progress on the Pickering
Body complete all bar addition of Westinghouse pump – 3smr one I brought was too big for a wee tankie. Still not cracked the chassis though but think I might have found a way.
Added the Dapol signal which that nice Mr Stephens purchased off the Great Western as they had a couple going spare! The box in the background was built for me by Andrew Barnes (thank you Andrew) and a very nice model it is too.
How does the West Sussex Light Railway grab you Mr P.
That’s all for now, till next time happy modelling.
Myself and the good Mr P went to Railex on Sunday. Not a bad show but a few of the layouts I had seen before elsewhere. This was the last showing of Pempoul by Gordon Gravett which is a lovely layout cannot wait to see his new one.
As I said many I had seen before so here are some that I hadn’t
Brilliant layout with the tide using real water going in and out
A lovely LSWR branch terminus
Exquisite modelling by Jerry Clifford of Tucking Mill fame
Trevor Nunes essay in M&GN modelling
Well couldn’t leave 3mm scale out could I! Mike Corp East Anglia branch which I had the privilege to operate – beautiful and to my mind best layout but then I am biased!
Saturday saw the 52nd AGM of the Society being held at the Methodist Church. Very well attended by around 80 members, I was a happy bunny. Refreshments provided by the church ladies were most welcome. I would like to thank those members and traders who attended and the church for making us welcome.
The standard of entries in the modelling competition was high too, these are the photos;
Agood day had by all
The good Mrs D and I along with our Grace went to Swanage today and somehow managed to end up at Swanage station where the gala was in full swing. Rude not to have a look round, lots of variety and not a steam engine in site.
Here are the photos
Yesterday I had the experience on driving a class 33, 33111 on the Norden extension. Very enjoyable drive and two very different journeys. Going towards Wareham the loco controls were very responsive especially the loco brake (which is quite important!). Going back to Norden, not quite as responsive, the brake taking longer to find the braking point. Overall a very enjoyable experience and another off the bucket list.
Here are the pics
Today, 9 April, is the 100th anniversary of the death of Edward Thomas, who was killed in action on the first day of the Battle of Arras in 1917.
Adlestrop – the title of his most famous poem.
Adlestrop, was written on 24 June 1914 when Edward Thomas was travelling from Paddington to Ledbury and the train paused unexpectedly at the station in the Cotswolds.
Yes. I remember Adlestrop –
The name, because one afternoon
Of heat the express-train drew up there
Unwontedly. It was late June.
The steam hissed. Someone cleared his throat.
No one left and no one came
On the bare platform. What I saw
Was Adlestrop – only the name.
And willows, willow-herb, and grass,
And meadowsweet, and haycocks dry,
No whit less still and lonely fair
Than the high cloudlets in the sky.
And for that minute a blackbird sang
Close by, and round him, mistier,
Farther and farther, all the birds
Of Oxfordshire and Gloucestershire.