The Great Eastern 2-4-2Ts: Part 3, The Y65, M15R, G69 and the Hybrid Classes

Basilica Fields

In my original plan, the time-frame for Basilica Fields was going to span the early 1900s to circa 1915,  but somewhere along the line I dialled both ends backwards which means that the four classes of engines featuring in this entry will no longer play a part as their presence in an 1890s/early 1900s setting is an anachronism too far, even for my pet cat, Schrödinger. However, one or two of them may make an appearance elsewhere down some diverse branch of the Basilica Fields multiverse (but enough of that wibbly-wobbly timey-wimey stuff for now) so I’ve included them for completeness.

Upon James Holden’s retirement in December 1907, the position of Locomotive Superintendent was passed to his son Stephen Dewar, a decision which privately infuriated Frederick Russell, head of the Locomotive Design section at Stratford Works, who felt the position should have been offered to him. And not without good…

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CPFC, Railway

Visit to the Swanage steam railway

As mentioned earlier, on the way back from Weymouth we popped in on the Swanage railway. Starting from Norden we met Battle of Britain class loco  Manston which was to be our engine (seen at Norden about to uncouple and run round).


After a 25 minute ride to Swanage we got off and Manston ran round for the return trip.


After a walk down to the seafront and a spot of lunch we returned to the station for the 2 O clock train – having a wander round the station I met up with a Cl.08 shunter which had brought in the carriages for the diner special.

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I would of got more photos of the class 33 instead it decided to move before I could get to the end of the platform


One thing that did tickle my fancy were the old posters – whether they are original or reproductions it is hard to say but it was good to see the Palace being advertised.


For the return journey we rode back in the Devon Belle observation car – for a pound supplement we treated ourselves to a ride in comfort. Very plush and lovingly restored with a history of the coach thrown in.

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Although we were supposed to leave at 2pm we did not leave till about 2.15pm. As I took a lot of video it soon flattened my batteries so unfortunately there were no more photos of the return.


A good trip – very impressed by the railway.




Over the weekend, Kim and I were in Weymouth. We had the opportunity to travel on the Swanage steam railway (more of which later) and had a wander down to the front. Swanage is lovely and we will have to go and visit again especially as they have a Teddy Bear shop which unfortunately was closed on the day of our visit. Here are some pictures looking out from the seafront.

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3mm Society, 7mm, Railway

Croydon Model railway Society Exhibition 2014

The exhibition will be held on Saturday & Sunday 4th/5th October 2014 at Warlingham School, Tithepit Shaw Lane, Warlingham CR6 9YB.
Please note – this is a NEW VENUE.
Saturday 10am to 5pm – Sunday 10am to 4pm
Adult £5.00 Child £2.00 Senior Citizen £4.00
Modelling demonstrations – Refreshments – Free parking – Disabled access.

Layouts include

Batcombe 00 Branch Terminus
Bodgit & Much Pottering 7mm Narrow Gauge Steam
Castle Wharf Kendal 009 Freelance
Croydon Tramlink 00 Trams Return to Croydon
Dad’s Dublo 00 Hornby Dublo – Nostalgia
Dulwich Vale 00 Circular Layout – Early Diesel
Eatonswill 0 Gauge – Steam & Diesel
Elmgate & Thatcham 009 Fictional Sussex 1960’s
Lindhurst TT Scale 3mm
Little Pressingdon N Gauge
Llawryglyn EM Cambrian
South Lake N Gauge – American/Canadian Border
Trevelyan N Gauge – North Cornwall 1960’s
Waddon 00 Original Station
West Croydon 00 Historic Trams
Ypres, Fishook & Menin Sn Gauge – France 1st World War

Traders include

Ace Products
Brian’s Trains
Finishing Touches
Geoff Gamble Books
3mm Scale Model Railways

Buildings I like, Life, Luv Boxers, Railway

Snape Maltings

On the way back from the Driscoll Summer break in Great Yarmouth, I came back home on the A12 and made a detour to Snape Maltings near Aideburgh in Suffolk. The Malting’s were turned into a major concert hall by Benjamin Britten when they were closed by the Maltsters in the late 1960’s (Swonnells I believe). The complex is also home to a range of small shops and for a pretty penny, homes. Not much left of the old railway yard outside except a small tree covered office and the former goods agents house. The building is amazing hence the large number of photos and  a couple of Boxer dogs and a Morris Minor to boot.


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On the Kent and East Sussex – again

More Kent & East Sussex

Locksands Life

The Kent and East Sussex Railway is a line full of interest, with bits of family history thrown in for good measure.

These days it is a ‘heritage’ line running from Bodiam to Tenterden. It had been built, as a light railway and opened in 1900. In terms of where it went, traffic expectations can’t have been great. It left the Tonbridge to Hastings line at Robertsbridge and passed somewhere near various small villages to a station called Tenterden but now called Rolvenden. It isn’t that close to either place. An extension to what is a well sited station in Tenterden opened in 1903. A further extension to Headcorn, on the main line from London to Dover was opened in 1905.

The line was one of several railways which were operated by Colonel Stephens from his office in Tonbridge. The Colonel Stephens lines were renowned for making do, basic facilities…

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