Saturday, 28 July 2012

Brookwood Extension - Diagonals

In between the rain, I managed to fit the diagonal struts to one side of Brookwood Bridge today.

The diagonals were fixed in place using the existing nuts & bolts and their respective holes used for the fixing of the horizontal and vertical girders.

A double diagonal strut was fitted to the mid-section.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Summer Holidays

Early morning and all's quiet as 'Big Dan' repairs the gents water closet tank whilst the station master talks to Gladys in the ticket office at Buddleia Pond station.
Passengers begin to gather as the first train of the day begins to pull into the station.
Loco 994605 chugs past the talking crowd of holiday makers before stopping at the end of the platform. 
The train pulls to a stop whilst 'Big Dan' is oblivious to its arrival.
All's quiet once more at Buddleia Pond station.

Monday, 23 July 2012

Brookwood Extension - Update

The wayside workers were out this weekend laying more track between Brookwood Bridge and the village of Brookwood. Here's a quick update of where they are up to after Sundays work.

Looking south towards the bridge, the newly laid track can be seen cutting through the undergrowth.

Now looking north towards Brookwood.

Aerial shot of the progress.

Monday, 16 July 2012


Florence approaching Homestyal Halt with a single coal wagon.
Her rear view showing the controls and detail.
Raising steam at Homestyal Halt.
Exiting Buddleia Pond tunnel.
Florence passing by the 'baby tears'.
Photos: Courtesy of Wayne Roberts

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Pepsi Box Car

Model: Refrigerated wagon with two large roof fans and brakeman's platform. The doors on both sides of the wagon slide open and latch shut. 
Length: 300mm LGB: 4031

Sunday, 8 July 2012

Leuna Tanker

From the beginning, Leuna was an oil company that operated its own tank cars. This model replicates a Leuna tanker operating on the Deutschen Reichsbahn.

Model: Complete with an opening fill hatch and working drain valve.
Length: 300mm LGB: 41406

Friday, 6 July 2012

Brookwood Extension - And the rains came!

With all this rain hitting the North West of England during the past twenty four hours, it was obviously a good idea to build this bridge!

Wednesday, 4 July 2012

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

The Lynton & Barnstaple Railway opened in May 1898 and closed just after 37 years in 1935. This 19 mile line and its purposely chosen gauge of 1ft 11 1/2in (600mm) was constructed to follow the natural contours of the North Devon countryside. The one-mile section in use today was reopened in 2004 and operates from Woody Bay station to Killington Lane.

Mixed rolling stock on a siding at Woody Bay station.
The 11:30 from Woody Bay station prepares to depart.
There she goes, Axe 2451, on her way to Killington Lane.
All's quiet looking towards the engine shed at Woody Bay station.
Woody Bay station.
...and back again up the inclined approach to Woody Bay station.
Nearly home, Axe returns.