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Sunday, 04 June 2017 23:28

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.

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 28 May 2017 21:30

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.

Published in 2017 April to June
Thursday, 04 May 2017 19:39

Of standard gauge and no gauge

7th May 2017

And now for something completely -er- unusual.

Published in 2017 April to June
Sunday, 26 March 2017 21:29

Of auctions, values and vandalism

26th March 2017

As you know, we are apt to acquire things from auctions. Not just e-bay, but “traditional” auctions where the bidding may be on-line but more often in person. But years of watching BBC's Bargain Hunt has taught us to know what it is you are bidding for, what it is worth and not get carried away with the moment.

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 19 March 2017 21:39

Of wheels and deals

19th March 2017

A visitor asked on Saturday 'How many of these locos actually work?' and for once I could say, that one, that one, that one, that one, and that , that and that could be made to go with batteries and an hour or two's work... It is not that we have made any dramatic moves forward on the collection, but suddenly you realise just how much we have achieved - so far.

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 12 March 2017 22:22

Of returning heroes

12th March 2017

It's been a pleasant weekend here in delightful Derbyshire, the rain has stopped and today was positively spring-like.  I shouldn't put a jinx on it though. Probably by Friday we'll have storm 'Egbert' or some such with snow hail and hurricane winds. As my old geography master used to say 'Britain doesn't have a climate, only weather – discuss'.  Strange how if we then tried to discuss it between ourselves we were always told to be quiet.  

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 05 March 2017 22:39

Of fuel, throttles and fences

5th March 2017

Here we are in March. Time seems to have flown this year but maybe that's because of that filming work that occupied me during January. Don't worry, I shan't harp on about it much longer. There's too much going on - 

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 12 February 2017 21:34

Of rams and presses

12th February 2017

A pleasant evening at Briddon Country Pile tonight. No dashing off down that darned motorway, grandson asleep in the next room and all is sweetness and light. Except that I've nothing much to write about and no photos to prove otherwise.  

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 15 January 2017 18:41

Of  a splash and dash

15th January 2017

This will have to be a quick edition as I have yet to pack, drive 167 miles and check in to a posh hotel and be up and on site by 08.00, hence tonight's title.

Published in 2017 Jan to March
Sunday, 18 December 2016 17:59

Of Ramps and Edges


18th December 2016

 Xmas16v3

I foresaw two possible scenarios this week. One was that I would be on my way down to the studios and wouldn't get the time to write the blog at all, the other that, for various reasons, there wouldn't be much to write about.  I think my crystal ball wants new batteries.

Published in 2016 Oct-Dec
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