Portland, Dorset (1)

Love Portland

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Portland in Dorset is not an island but an isthmus, as it remains connected to the mainland by a narrow spit of land. It is 4.5 miles long and 1.7 miles wide and rises to 400 ft above sea level at the northern end.

Chesil beach which connects Portland to the mainland Chesil Beach which connects Portland to the mainland

It is a large piece of limestone  of exceptional quality and is much in demand as building stone. Portland stone was used By Sir Christopher Wren for the rebuilding of London, including St Paul’s Cathedral and around 50 other churches, following the Great Fire in 1666. It was also used for the Cenotaph in Whitehall; War grave headstones in France and Belgium and the UN building in New York.

Portland coast Portland coast

Loading Station - Portland stone loaded directly into barges below for transportation Loading Station – Portland stone loaded directly into barges below for transportation

It has a strong military connection dating from 1539 when Henry VIII built a castle on…

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There are easier ways of getting a Mk 1 …

As he says not half as much fun!


But they aren’t nearly so much fun.

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Early days on Portwilliam – Lima Mk1s and a DJH Std 4

Once upon a time if you wanted a Mk 1 you had a choice. You could have a Hornby (nee Tri-ang) one, or the Lima one. Both looked more or less like a Mk 1 but neither was what you would call h-fi – both were crude and neither was flush-glazed. In fact the windows on the Lima version were so deep you could have fitted window boxes and not fouled the loading gauge. Hornby followed their usual pattern when deciding which version to do and issued the BSK, CK, RMB and sleeper, but no ordinary SKs or SOs. I saw Steve Fint’s “Kyle of Tongue” at York in the 1980s – it featured a BG and SK made by sawing two Hornby BSKs in half and sticking then back together…

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3mm Society, Railway, Wimblehurst Road

Trees for Wimblehurst Road

I need trees and quite a few of them. For non generic types I have used sea moss (it’s amazing what you can find on You Tube!).

Here’s what I do

  • Select the most tree looking sea foam
  • Spray sea foam tree with Model Mates Oil Brown weathering spray
  • Then mix up suitable tree colours using static grass
  • Using non scented hairspray spray sea foam liberally
  • Using static grass mix sprinkle onto tree and shake surplus off. Alternatively fill old ice cream tub with your desired mix and dip and role.
  • Apply more hairspray and again sprinkle grass mix covering any bare patches (or dip and role)
  • Give another coat of hairspray to seal the sea foam tree
  • Done

A cheap and easy method of making trees. Here are the pics



Mind your ‘P’s and ‘O’s, 35006 P&O SN Co. is renamed and hauls first passenger train for over 50 years @gwsr

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

For those of us as either members and, like myself, shareholders of the 35006 Locomotive Society yesterday 16th May 2016, was a very special day. Following restoration from an ex Barry condition, at the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Steam Railway, that has taken over 30 years Bulleid Merchant Navy Pacific 35006Peninsular & Oriental S. N. Co. (the longest name of any locomotive in preservation) was officially renamed and hauled her first passenger train for over 50 years comprising of members and shareholders of the35006 Locomotive Societyalong with a small number of invited honoured guests.

35006 in the sunshine at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway folowing her first passenger run on 16th May 2016 for Society Members and Shareholders 35006 in the sunshine at the Gloucester and Warwickshire Railway following her first passenger run on 16th May 2016 for Society Members and Shareholders 35006 was withdrawn in her prime in August 1964, before languishing in the infamous Dia Woodham Barry scrapyard for over 18 years. A small band of dedicated early pioneers of the

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35006 P&O back in business!

Loco Yard

Yesterday, on Monday 16th May 2016 35006 P&O made her triumphant return to steam after over 30 years of painstaking restoration by volunteers at Toddington on the GWSR. Thanks to the generosity (and slight disorganisation 😉 ) of my co-bloggers (thanks again chaps!), I went along to the shareholders’ and supporters’ launch ceremony.

When I arrived the 12 coach train putting together our two main rakes of carriages was being put together, and P&O was shuffling up and down the yard, seemingly for no other reason other than because the driver could!

At around midday we all gathered round to hear from the society chairman John Macmillan, the first society chairman Bill Trite; who told us about he trials of rescuing a locomotive from Barry and the very real risk that by the late ’70s the remaining locos may have been cut up, the very last BR fireman to crew…

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