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South Devon Railway – 2

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Buckfastleigh station is very well kept, and has some good branchline touches, like the trolley for the luggage and the milk churns awaiting collection.

1930’s carriages sit next to the preserved line’s staple piece of rolling stock – the BR Mk1 carriage.  The different shades of early BR livery are interesting.

And every preserved line needs an O3 shunter.  The SDR does run heritage diesel services as well as its historic steam trains.

At the back of the yard was this Hall class 4-6-0, in need of some TLC.  I have always liked these medium sized GWR 4-6-0’s better than the large Castles and Kings.  The cylinders situated at the mid-point of the bogie, with a straight steam pipe feeding them looks much neater than having the cylinders behind the bogie.

Also at the back of the yard were a coupe of diesels, a single railcar, and some wagons.  The…

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One step forward, two steps back as Allardyce quits Palace

Here we go again!🦅🦅

Inside Croydon

GOLDIE, our tame Eagle, reports on the latest exit through the Selhurst Park manager’s revolving door

It’s another case of one step forward, two steps back at Selhurst Park today.

That didn’t last long: Sam Allardyce Sam Allardyce, after rescuing Crystal Palace from the threat of relegation from the Premier League and in doing so his own career from the ignominy of being dismissed as England manager, this morning cleared his desk at the club’s Beckenham training ground.

Allardyce had decided to quit the club after a meeting with Steve Parish, the club chairman. It is being reported that differences arose over the club’s transfer policy for the summer, which is the euphemistic way of saying that Big Sam wanted a bigger transfer budget.

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Biggest Little railway

Biggest Little Railway, Toy Trains on Telly? – http://wp.me/pWLte-1ne

via Shared from Phil Parker — The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

Swanage Railway – trip to Corfe Castle and back (twice)

As well as doing my Cl.33 drive I also took the opportunity to travel to Corfe Castle and back. The first time there was behind the Standard tank. Off at Corfe to look round the book wagon and then back to Norden behind the green 33.

After my driver experience I returned again to. Order this time behind the 47 and got off at Corfe purchased my beer festival glass and a bite to eat then back on the last train to Norden behind the standard tank. A very enjoyable day.

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Tories withhold ‘dynamite’ report on commuter rail crisis

Inside Croydon

Transport correspondent JEREMY CLACKSON on how the Tories have suppressed a highly critical report on the failures of their government over the commuter chaos on Southern, and why some of the report’s recommendations may already have been implemented

There’s little light at the end of the tunnel for Southern commuters, who are still waiting for the Gibb Report

Just like many trains on the London to Brighton line every day, a crucial report into the rail chaos suffered by Croydon commuters has been … delayed.

And now commuter groups are accusing DaFT, the Department for Transport, and the Tory government of deliberately suppressing the Gibb Report until after the General Election because it is political “dynamite”.

The axing of overnight train services between Victoria, East Croydon and other south London stations, implemented with summer timetable changes which began yesterday, could be from a recommendation of Chris Gibb, the railway specialist…

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A Botch Job

The Model Railways of Oly Turner and Chris Matthews

Today we had another modelling day at Mark Tatlow’s, these days are always great, loads of modelling with a nice lunch and sometimes the company is just about passable (you have never had to listen to Pete’s CD collection)

I sat there today and watched Chris get 3D with a brass kit from Judith Edge. Chris is pushing his skills to try new things and his knowledge and collection is only going to prosper for it. Mark also helped me out by soldering some simple bits together, this got me thinking on the drive home, I need to push harder in my own skillset.

I have most definitely crashed into a glass ceiling that probably faces us all as modellers at different times. The moment you realise that what you want, or indeed need, is not in a RTR box, it is going to have to be built either from a…

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Three Narrow Gauge Lines in One Day

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

At Easter we visited Bressingham Steam and Gardens in Norfolk. I got the chance to ride on three narrow gauge railways, each one a different gauge, on the same day. If you like lovely gardens and railways I recommend a visit.

We started with the 10¼ inch gauge garden railway. Our loco was built at Bressingham and is modeled on a Hunslet quarry loco. She is named after the founder of the gardens, Alan Bloom.

The Garden Railway is around two thirds of a mile long (1.25 km) and runs around the beautifully landscaped garden with trees, flowers and the ‘island beds’ pioneered by Alan Bloom. The loco can pull up to 60 passengers in three coaches, and she made very light work of this when we visited.

After a walk around the gardens, we went to the 2 foot gauge Nursery Railway that runs for 2½ miles (4km) around…

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When you’re digging a hole…

Albion Yard


Often said, when you’re digging a hole, know when to stop! I’d been pushing on with my Southern Electric project, and it wasn’t lighting my fire as it should. It’s at this point it’s a good idea to take stock, and I did, literally. I was in discussion with a few good friends around the Southern project and I used a set of scratch built Great Central platform buildings to mock up the island platform structures with the EMU’s in place. This just emphasised that the whole thing wasn’t working. So that’s where we are today, filling in the holes. What I’m using is really neat stuff, Vallejo Plastic Putty, an acrylic resin filler. It has the consistency of toothpaste and can fill tiny gaps to quite big ones like wing root joints on model aircraft. That’s what the white blotches is on the sleepers, where the third rail ceramic…

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East Croydon road closures planned for bank holiday weekend

Inside Croydon

If you were planning to go somewhere in Croydon by car next weekend, the Whitsun bank holiday, or the following half-term week, then you might have to plan your route very carefully.

Cherry Orchard Road and Addiscombe Grove (northbound) are going to be closed from next Friday evening for four, even five, days, basically to make it easier for Menta, the developers, to build another block of over-priced “luxury apartments”. Even pedestrian access will be closed off while the private developer moves a large crane.

The closures in central Croydon are likely to cause considerable traffic disruption around East Croydon Station and along George Street and the tram route.

Then, on Tuesday and Wednesday of the following week, May 30-31, a stretch of Waddon Road between Harrisons Rise to St John’s Road is to be closed for resurfacing works. Residents won’t even be able to park their cars along the…

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Bullied Merchant Navy update, including 35028, 35006 and 35018 #bulleidbrillance good, not so good and possibly ugly…

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

Further to my update of 8th May here regarding Bulleid Merchant Navy pacific 35006 Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co and her steaming plans for this month, things change quickly, 35006 was additionally steamed and running services on 16/17/18th May, but now a problem with a repair carried out to P&O in the early days has caused 35006 to be stopped until a new repair can be carried out. The 35006 Locomotive Society will be starting the repair tomorrow, which will most likely require a new machined part and specialist welding, 35006 will not now be running on the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railway’s (GWRS) this weekend nor during next week. As always for the very latest information on loco rostering check the GWSR website here

Better news on the Bulleid Merchant Navy front is that yesterday, 18/05/17 saw the light load test runs of both 35028 Clan line, returning to the main…

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