Pulpit Rock

Great minds think alike

Locksands Life

These photos, taken at Portland Bill in Dorset, date back to 1972. The bill at the end of this almost island is a fantastic place of limestone rocks. We have looked at the area before – a lovely little crane for getting small boats up the cliff (click here).

This time we go right to the end.


It’s fabulous scenery – wild and rugged although maybe my little Canon Demi camera and a rather second rate slide copier didn’t do it full justice.

Right at the end we find Pulpit Rock.

image003This was deliberately created in the 19th century by quarrymen with the leaning slab having the appearance of a bible leaning on a pulpit.

What a shame people had used it as a graffiti wall – albeit one can agree with the ‘ban the bomb’ symbols painted on.

That was over 40 years ago and I…

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Wombling on…..

Remember the Wombles?


Allan sent me this gem of a photograph…..


For those with a sheltered childhood, or from remote parts of the world that escaped the Womble plague, read more here.  My children were lucky enough to miss them first time around, but were caught by the inevitable TV repeats.  Here’s the spotters guide…..


The sign would make a good addition to your modern London station.  Wimbledon was never quite the same after the Wombles first appeared….

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CanPac Carriage Shop Update

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Bulleid 4367 Bogey liftTonight we have an update from the Watercress Line’s carriage shop, the first to include Bulleid Coach 4367 that recently been brought to Ropley from Alresford.  This is the second carriage in the Canadian Pacific project, that will be followed very closely.  Please click on the following link to read more:


Please help support the Canadian Pacific Project by clicking here to donate. Many thanks!

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Chief executive Elvery has quit £180,000 Croydon Council job

I say nothing

Inside Croydon

The council’s CEO is the third senior executive to announce their departure from Croydon so far this year. WALTER CRONXITE reports

Ambitious for Croydon? Hmm, maybe the allure of the £1 billion Hammersfield development is not so attractive after all: Nathan Elvery, who as financial director, deputy chief executive and latterly as chief executive, has presided over thousands of job cuts at Croydon Council in recent years, is to create the ultimate vacancy by quitting his £180,000-plus CEO’s job.

Nathan Elvery: fluent in Councilspeak Nathan Elvery: he’s outta here

“Some might say it is a case of the biggest rat jumping ship before telling anyone it is sinking,” another council furry creature – our mole inside the council HQ – said this afternoon.

Elvery is to take up the post of chief executive at West Sussex County Council, a local authority which is itself floundering as a result of Tory mismanagement. Two years ago, they…

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The restoration of LMS 7828 in four minutes

Fascinating film of a loving restoration

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Good evening,

Tonight we are looking at a great video I came across yesterday featuring LMS carriage 7827. On loan from the National Railway Museum since 2003, this LMS carriage, 7828, has been restored by a dedicated group of volunteers. The carriage was built in 1925 at Derby’s Carriage and Wagon Works on Litchurch Lane. With restoration completed in its 91st year the transformation has been remarkable.

7828 was withdrawn from passenger use in 1962, but gained a further lease of life as part of the London Midland Region mobile control train. Eventually it passed to the National Railway Museum in 1980. Restoration was then started by apprentices at Derby Carriage and Wagon works with the intention of assembling a joint LMS/LNER main line set.

Although restoration was started, the work was not completed and the coaches were stored, 7828 going to York. Other vehicles in the collection represented the…

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London Festival of Railway Modelling – 2016 – #3

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Good evening,
Tonight we are looking at ESNGBlogs final part of his report from the London Festival of Railway Modelling

My final post on ‘Ally Pally’ is to look at O gauge, the ‘senior scale.’  There seems to be a vogue for O gauge shunting layouts at present.  The Model Railway Club’s Happisburgh Goods (pronounced ‘Haze-burr’) models a Great Eastern Railway goods yard in BR days.  It was originally part of the full terminus layout that was on the exhibition circuit for a number of years.  The main layout was sold, but the good yard lives on.


Dubmill Sidings was a long, rambling shunting layout in BR days, that featured some excellent diesels, generally left at random in sidings.  I really liked the (?Heljan?) Falcon, precursor of the ubiquitous Class 47s.  There was also some very nice rolling stock on display.  I have always liked the ‘Prestwin’ hopper since I made…

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