Buildings I like, Railway

Visit to the Swanage Railway

We are down at our caravan in Weymouth for the week which is only 20 minutes drive from Norden park and ride for the Swanage railway. Mother in law and no.2 son have never been so a good opportunity to visit. Grace our 5 year old Boxer also came along. We had a good trip, Swanage is a lovely place to visit and I recommend lunch in the Red Lion, a real ale pub (2 pints of Otter very nice). The weather was kind to us too, not brilliant sunshine, but dry.

Here are the pics









Swanage buildings




Novel use for a bit of rail, fire surround in the Red Lion



London Festival of Railway Modelling 2015

I was there on the Saturday manning the 3mm Society stand.


My usual companions couldn’t make this year’s trip to Alexandra Palace for the London Festival of Railway Modelling, so I was undecided whether to go.  But Derek said that if two of us were going, it was worth him driving, so I agreed to go.  I could doze in a car rather than battle London’s railway system.

It was an easy drive up there, despite the sat-nav (me) going to sleep and missing a turning, so we circumnavigated Alexandra Park before getting to the show.  Car parking was very well organised, but no-one told us the you needed a team of Sherpa’s to get from the Paddock car park to the Palace.  At least two aging gentlemen got their cardiovascular exercise for at least the coming week!

A good range of layouts was on display, from ‘Z’ to Gauge 3.  Not a lot that stood out, though.  Copenhagen Fields is…

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Beer, Buildings I like, Life

Finding the Dark Star

I mentioned in my earlier blog that we passed the Dark Star brewery on the way down to Steyning and thought that would be a good place to visit. Well on the way back that’s what we did – nearly driving past until a voice in the back said oh the Dark Star brewery! So a swift U turn found us on an anonymous Industrial estate searching for the delight that is Dark Star. Unit 22 was our goal and sure enough the Dark Star shop beckoned the 3 of us inside and oh what delights we found – Hophead in bottles, Festival, Partridge & Revelation on draft, so 2 pints of Partridge (Supplied in a plastic carton like that used for milk) and 2 bottles of Hophead were swiftly purchased, all for the princely sum of £8.20!

As we turned to leave one of the staff said to us where have you come from ? Croydon we said and he replied as you have travelled a way to see us would you like a tour round the brewery? Well we did not need to be asked twice and spent around an hour being shown how Dark Star beers are made. Very interesting, I never realised how much went into making beer and the set up was not want I expected – no copper stills, stainless steel is used instead. here are the pictures

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So after our trip round we bade our farewells and headed back to Croydon. A trip to Partridge Green and Dark Star is recommended and needless to say the 2 pints of Partridge are no more having been consumed that very evening!

7mm, Railway

Wealden Railway Group small layout show

Yesterday saw Mr. P and a good friend of ours Brian, venture in to deepest Sussex – Steyning in fact to visit the Wealden Railway group small layout show. A delightful drive down to Sussex saw us past through such delights as Cowfold, Partridge Green (Home of the Dark Star Brewery, more of which on a later blog) until we reached Steyning which once upon a time had a railway station on the Horsham to Shoreham by sea (the Adur Valley line) alas closed in March 1966.

Once in Steyning high st our miss sat nav said we should find School Lane and indeed we did only to find that the car park we wanted was the other side! Having navigated to the car park we found the Steyning Centre and paid our £3.50 day membership to enter a rather packed hall.  Before us in the hall were a variety of layouts in the popular scales (alas no 3mm) although we did spot a couple of 3mm Society members.  Our ticket enabled us a free cup of tea to wash down a slice of fruit cake to satisfy the inner man for 5 minutes.

Wandering round and viewing the many layouts was very enjoyable and the Wealden Group are a friendly lot. We stayed for the majority of the morning, a group of like minded souls doing something they enjoy. Here are the pictures

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Some World War 1

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Fawcett Street Yard

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Whitecross Street

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Cornwall China Clay

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All in all a very enjoyable show and thanks to Andrew Knights for organising it.

Now off to find the Dark Star!

3mm Society, Railway

3mm do Kingsbury 2015

The annual Kingsbury meeting organised by Iain Stewart and the 3mm West Midlands Group took place yesterday. Although numbers were down on last year – plenty of money changed hands with the Society shop and second  hand in attendance

Woking group put an entry in for the Kingsbury trophy and I am pleased to say we won, although we were the only entry, it was decided that we be awarded the trophy.

Here are some photos of the winning entry

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Member Roger Pells also brought along some of his rolling stock for display – first photos of his SECR stock

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And just to show that we also recognise a certain railway from Swindon – his GWR stock

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Overall a good day had by all – spent too much money but then when you model in a minority scale  you have to make hay whilst the sun shines.

Thanks to Iain for organising the event and Mr.P for driving.

Happy Modelling!