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Wimblehurst Road – Uckfield tomorrow!

24 hours to go – so will it be a case of burning the midnight oil?

Really pleased with the way the scenery has turned out although have not been able to do a backscene but have the lighting beam finished with one layout name on. Should of been a totem but had to be cut down to fit – ho hum.

As for the running – given the track a good clean and made adjustments to the 3 road fiddle yard exit with wire n tube, hopefully cured the gauging issue.

As for locos – have not managed to finish the Terrier (longest loco build in history) for a variety of reasons mainly not happy about the pickups and having a job with a lot of evening work the past couple of weeks has not helped. Still thanks to the good offices of the Mid Kent light railway the Colonel has been able to borrow some locos plus the Lee branch and the Amersham and district have contributed stock plus the Cobham light (my sincere thanks gentleman).

Today it is case of fitting end protectors and packing all that’s required for tomorrow’s early start.

Here are the pictures-

Wish me luck!

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Wimblehurst Road up date 

Slow progress.

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.

In true Colonel Stephen’s fashion Andrew has also loaned me some wagons and a brake van.

Again a beautiful model. Thanks Andrew.

That’s all for now.

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Wimblehurst Road – progress (with a small p!)

To hot outside to hot in but slightly cooler so time for modelling.

As promised progress on the Pickering 

Think I have worked out how to motorise it.


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.

Signal + box

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.

Wits in a name?

How does the West Sussex Light Railway grab you Mr P.

That’s all for now, till next time happy modelling.

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Slow Terrier, slow

Been awhile since I have posted on the progress of the Terrier.

Well progress is a lot slower than I would of liked. The body still needs a lot of work. As for the chassis, it runs direct from the power leads to the motor but pick up off the wheels does not seem to happen so will have to work at that one.

Still have till September to complete her for running on Wimblehurst Road. Here are the pics.

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Wimblehurst Road progress

Progress has been slow but I am pleased to say that one of the fiddle yards has now been wired up and tested.

In the meantime I ordered some of the 3D printed figures from Modelu (yes you can order them in 3mm) and spent this afternoon painting them. I use acrylics which are much better than enamels because you are guaranteed a Matt finish and the brushes just wash off in water (don’t use tap water because it can leave a residue).

Here are the results

 The Guard will be going in the SR brakevan and I might put a Lense  in the lamp using clear pva.

I have ordered some more figures as painting them is very addictive! Being a Col.Stephens light railway you don’t want too many so have ordered a signalman with tablet and a shunter standing with his pole. I will also look at investing in some of their loco crew.

You may have wondered what has happened to the Terrier, well on chassis rebuild no.2 just cannot get it to run right. I have just brought a Poppy Woodtech loco box so once that is built I will have another go.

Watch this space.

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Dapol Terrier arrives

From being pre ordered last year my  O gauge Dapol Terrier has arrived, just in time to celebrate me being another year older.

Ordered from Tower Models it arrived when they said it would so defo would order from them again (funny you should mention that, I have also pre ordered the 08 should be worth the wait) anyway here are the photos

 Happy 😀


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This is another of my beloved ‘Terrier’ tanks. Locos like this were originally built to haul London commuter trains. The first loco was delivered in 1872. This was one of the first and entered service in 1872. Like other members of the class it was named after a location in London and was called Fenchurch. […]



Knowle-Bodiam Terriers double trouble

Easter Festival Overture

Details for the upcoming Easter services to launch the 42nd season proper on the K&ESR are now reasonably set, if not in stone, with the focus on the railway very much on Knowle that arrived on hire for the first time from the Southern Railway as 2678 three-quarters of a century ago in February 1940.

Although availability of locomotives is somewhat constrained this year, there’s plenty to entertain enthusiasts, families and even hitchhikers with a broad galaxy of travel options and train combinations extending into the school holiday period.

For the first time the popular Gold timetable runs all-steam on all four days of the festival with eight passenger trains from Tenterden every day with a 45-minute interval. Indeed even if the weather does not play ball, the arrangements should help put outstanding winter blues well and truly to the sword.

For what is believed to be the first time in preservation, both Terriers will be in steam on the same day on separate trains on the K&ESR with both sporting the late-BR “cat and mangle” totem, acquired by Bodiam in 2011 and Knowle in 2013. That is, excluding the Return to Robertsbridge event in September when there was a two-mile trackless gap between them, with 32670 employed on RVR metals and 32678 running between Tenterden Town and Bodiam.

The Terriers are to work five trains each day between them, with either 376 Norwegian or 65 Maunsell working the main train. The plan is that Good Friday and Easter Saturday will be the main focus of attention for enthusiasts. 32678 is scheduled for three round trips leaving Tenterden Town at 1130, 1345 and 1600hrs with a two-coach train typical of the type of train it used to run regularly in service on the Hayling Island whilst 32670 will be employed on the Vintage train with departures at 1215 and 1430hrs. Please note that for the benefit of photographers it has been specifically requested that neither engine will carry additional headboards or adornments on Good Friday.

On Easter Day and Easter Monday, for variety, and in part precipitated by a private charter late on Saturday, the two engines will swap turns with Bodiam taking over the “Hayling Billy” formation and 32678 on the Vintage. This means that there will be opportunities to ride and photograph all four combinations over the weekend. It is even possible to travel over the whole railway behind both engines, perhaps sustained by refreshments from the Buffet at Tenterden Town by riding first on the 1130 and then on the 1430, or, with a later start, first on the 1215 and then, after a longer break, on the 1600 service.

Bodiam was famous for working the last special on the Havant–Hayling with Fenchurch in 1963 and she may well be decorated on Sunday or Monday to recreate her appearance that day. Indeed this is thought to be her first opportunity to work an advertised public service Hayling-type train on the K&ESR.

But there are many other options and you can break your journey as you wish. At Bodiam, the Cavell Van will be open. This is a particularly poignant year, being the centenary of Edith Cavell’s execution by the Germans during the Great War. Also at Bodiam there will be a miniature traction engine event on Saturday, Sunday and Monday – and of course the Castle. (Hitch) Hikers will appreciate the regular service to and from Wittersham Road, with a train calling every 20 to 25 minutes; the walk between here and Northiam via Newenden is particularly recommended as it crosses the K&ESR near the Rother Bridge.

Easter should also serve as an overture for the eagerly-anticipated visit of the M7 30053 from the Swanage Railway later in the spring and to this end visitors are invited to send in digital images obtained for the railway is very short of good publicity photographs. If circumstances permit, first-thing on Good Friday and Easter Saturday, it is hoped to arrange for 32678 to be posed by the daffodils for a few minutes just below the level crossing at Tenterden Town, so patrons can obtain uncluttered images of the engine.

It should be a very special weekend, especially if other spring flowers, such as the primroses on Wittersham Bank put on a good show and if gambolling lambs have been turned out, particularly in the fields below Cranbrook Road crossing or in the vicinity of Padgham’s Curve near Bodiam.

After Easter, holiday running will continue with two trains running every day until the 19th, except Fridays 10th and 17th, and Monday 13th when there are no trains. Knowle is initially lined up to work the Vintage train, so she may very well end up working seven days in a row starting from Good Friday; a fitting acknowledgement to her splendid career so far on the K&ESR.


Source – Terrier Trust