Weekend Rails

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Sunday, 12 November 2017 23:39

Of various personages


12th November 2017

I looked over at the Darley hillside while shunting this afternoon. The trees were an attractive mix of greens and browns in the wintery sunshine, but the wind was chilling. Back at the Briddon Country Pile the central heating pump has died and the plumbers reckon a replacement is 2-3 days. Brrr.

Monday, 06 November 2017 00:30

Of vac and van


5th November 2017

It's actually Monday as I get this loaded, sorry if you've been waiting up Sunday night – hope it's worth the delay!

Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:31

Of a tale of two specials

8th October 2017

You wait ages for a special train and then two come at once. Well OK, not quite at once, but on the same day. So anyway...

Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:22

Of ramp at the ready

10th September 2017

14901 is still on holiday in Old Oak. It was supposed to be collected on Wednesday, but early on in the week it was apparent that Reids would have to reschedule so what was the last exhibit to arrive at the Open Day looks like being the last to depart.

IMG 3443 blog

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 20 August 2017 22:55

Of broom and Brush


20th August 2017

It's amazing, given the general untidiness and dust prevalent at the Geoffrey Briddon Building, how many brooms we have amassed. Here's a selection, and that isn't even all of them, nor those which have been burnt after I spotted woodworm in them. Quite why they have all found sanctuary here is something of a mystery, but here they are. I suppose it all adds to the quirkiness of our existence.

IMG 3379 blog

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 06 August 2017 23:45

Of Team Tarmac


6th August 2017

Seems like there's a lot to say this week. I sometimes ask myself have I gone into things in too much detail to the point of inducing boredom, or is it too brief for those who don't indulge in this locomotive lunacy to understand what is going on.

Published in 2017 July to September
Monday, 24 July 2017 06:00

Of Crewe, Severn and South Wales


23rd July 2017

No, not a hitherto unknown Col Stephens type railway but a selection of visitors that have passed through our doors this week.

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 09 July 2017 23:28

Of landmarks and sand-castles

9th July 2017

Every so often we pass a milepost – some event or other that marks the next stage in shed development or a loco restoration. Some give a sense of satisfaction, even elation, while others just leave you with a feeling of 'well at least that's over'.  

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 02 July 2017 22:53

Of dust and panel.

2nd July 2017

We are now into the second half of the year, the nights have started to draw in, tennis is about to monopolise our screens (boo!, unless you're into Andy Murray et al, in which case Hooray) and this blog is nearing its seventh anniversary.

Published in 2017 July to September
Sunday, 18 June 2017 22:13

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.

Published in 2017 April to June
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