Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Tales of the Andrew Briddon Loco collection

Elsewhere - www.andrewbriddonlocos.co.uk - you can see the "official" face of the locomotive collection my son has built up. Here on "Weekend Rails" you can read a blow-by-blow account of our work in restoring and improving them.

Of a Father's Day trip out

17th June 2018

Father's Day, huh? So my son and I go to North Wales - just. A day out, all expenses paid? Nah!

Of seals, bushes and carpenters

10th June 2018

Right, back to normal. Have you seen that first programme on carriage restoration (C4) presented by Peter Snow and Henry Cole? (The latter has his own series 'Shed and Buried' which is frequently on in the afternoons on Travel Channel. Steph used to watch it if she wanted an afternoon snooze - his voice guaranteed to put her in a stupour). But why, given he is a motor-bike afficianado with no rail knowledge, is he co-presenting?

Of vans, Wickhams and wheels

3rd June 2018

I'd love to start by telling you how many copies of my novel, The Railway to Merhead got sold this week but I honestly don't know.

Of rotabroach and slogging

27th May 2018

I am unashamedly going to start with a picture that illustrates what no bedside table is complete without.

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Of spherilastik magic

20th May 2018

I know, I shouldn't moan about the sun after all the rain and snow we've had, but I got this dashcam for Christmas and the self-adhesive pad  that is supposed to hold it to the windscreen goes soft after an hour or so parked in direct sunshine and I come back to find the camera ready to take close-ups of the passenger side floor. I'm getting tired of trying to get it to stick again and prodding the cable back into the trim around the screen. Another fall or two and it's out with the epoxy.

Of air and fuel tanks

13th May 2018

The trouble with Bank Holidays is that by the time I get around to writing this blog, so much has passed that I have difficulty remembering exactly what it was we did. I know, blame it on galloping dementia.

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Of cholesterol and corrosion

6th May 2018

Welcome once again to Weekend Rails blog. A broad range of topics this week, affecting health and wealth

Of seeing the train for the trees

29th April 2018

Another varied week here at the Briddon Country Pile. Steph has had a go at me for 'putting work and locos in front of my health' as on Monday I was out and about and only tried to get an appointment at the Doctor's on Monday night, which was a forlorn hope.

Of steps

22nd April 2018

Not been firing on all cylinders this week. Steph went to see the Doctor, got the usual 'take paracetamol and plenty of fluids' which didn't encourage me to seek the same advice.

Of flame and flu

15th April 2018

Being a life-time asthmatic and now a few years the wrong side of 60, I have, for this decade at least, taken advantage of the NHS' annual flu-jab, and queued up both in Darley Dale and earlier in Sheffield to get my dose of what best estimates predicted would be the prevalent strain that year.

Of HAPpiness and the ornamental pond

8th April 2018

You may notice that Weekend Rails has a slightly different appearance this week. The template has been updated and now should re-size itself automatically which should be of assistance if you are one of these who takes all your internet on your smartphone. The 'cloud tags' have been consigned to history but if you click on a tag below the entry you'll get a list of all the posts with that tag. Good eh? Now let's get back to normal business.

Of winge and bracket

1st April 2018

Probably a fairly short edition this week.

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