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 tanks and buffers.

25th June 2017

Nearly half-way through 2017 and where has it all gone? I've started getting letters telling me that I need to make a decision about when and how I take my state pension, a point in life - retirement - that I have long concluded could never happen since Barclays Bank made 'an unfortunate mistake' in 2001 and forced Yorkshire Engine Co into Liquidation. But oh dear, some of their senior executives may be in legal trouble, it was announced this week. I must have a whip-round for them. Anyone got a whip?  

Of guilty hellos
18th June 2017

As usual I like to start this blog with a thought-provoking commentary on an aspect of railways or our daily lives. But it's too hot.

Of razor wire and free tea

11th June 2017

So here we go with another mix of progress and folly.

Of brakes, spiders and drains

4th June 2017

Now, before I forget, the first 'official' trailer for 'Murder on the Orient Express' is now out on you-tube.

Of blissful ignorance

28th May 2017

Maybe it is better to live in blissful ignorance, unaware of just how many young people have decided that Darley Dale yard is some sort of Adventure playground just made for them.

Of kids and converters

21st May 2017

Here we are again. A recent update in the template for this website system seems to have made the 'Latest Post' function disappear. Nothing to do with me, honest, but with hackers in the news of late, these updates are essential to staying one step ahead. Even if, on occasion, we don't know what step it is we are taking.

Of being on the telly.

14th May 2017

As you will have probably gathered, last weekend had us on a family get-together at Center Parcs Sherwood Forest over near Edwinstowe, so the posting was written in advance and automatically published at the set time: this week it's back to normal.

Of standard gauge and no gauge

7th May 2017

And now for something completely -er- unusual.

Of 'What is the collective noun for a  bus-load of civic dignitaries?'

30th April 2017

We used to believe that the last weekend of the month was the one where everything went wrong and the first was that when everything went right.  

Of certificates and progress.

23rd April 2017

The eagle-eyed amongst you might have noticed that the url line for Weekend Rails has changed a bit. It is now an https rather than just a mere http, which means I apparently have an SSL certificate for it, as I also seemingly have for both my commercial site and Andrew's loco site. You might think that this means I'll be out buying picture frames so that I can have them in a line on the wall.  Sadly no, it's not that sort of certificate.

Of Easter efforts

16th April 2017


Sunday once again, April is half-over, Easter is in full flow. I used to say that on Bank Holiday weekends I'd leave the blog until Monday, but – well -  at my age I can get confused enough and can't remember which day I did what sometimes.  So Sunday it had better remain, even though, as I finish editting this, the clock has ticked over past midnight anyway.

Of gifts and gears

9th April 2017

After the all-action report from last week, perhaps something a little more calm and  laid-back would be in order. Are you sitting comfortably? Then let's begin....

Of Mercs and miles

2nd April 2017

I have had the feeling over the years that a lot of railway enthusiasts also have a partiality to Land Rovers. I used to put this down to them being the nearest thing to a loco on rubber tyres, but then in the 1980s I discovered minilok, and realised that they had a long way to match up. You'll know if you've stuck with this blog for any length of time that we've had two Land Rovers, a short wheelbase that lingered in our garage from about 1986 and finally was sold when we left Briddon Towers, and a long wheelbase Defender that Andrew bought from RMS Locotec and finally left in a  container for the USA.   But once you've owned a Landy, not possessing one leaves a hole, and when Steph declared she'd like another in place of her Micra sometime, we needed no further excuse...


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