ESNG exhibiting and other odds and ends


ESNG will be exhibiting at the Gaugemaster Open Weekend, 3-4 September.  The show is at their shop behind Ford station, near Arundel (and Ford prison).  It’s a free show, and looks pretty good.  ESNG members, if you come you’d be very welcome and come and run a few trains to relieve us operators.  I should be there all the time except Sunday morning, so any non-ESNG blog readers please do make yourself known.

We currently have confirmed model railway layouts covering a range of scales and representing railways from around the world, from Britain to the USA, Japan to Germany and beyond. We will also have a range of suppliers and societies here to offer expert advice.

There will also be very special offers and show-only discounts in our shop over the weekend.

Free parking will also be provided, and if you don’t want to drive we are right next to Ford railway…

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49th Commemoration of the End of Southern Steam

Loco Yard

49th Commemoration of The End of Southern Steam 9th July 2016 Railway Touring Company West Coast Eastleigh (01) No. 45699 Ex-LMS BR Crimson Stanier Jubilee 6P class 45699 GalateaToday the 49th anniversary of the end of steam in the south was marked by a special rail tour hauled by Stanier Jubilee class 45699 Galatea.  It was great to see steam on the mainline for this commemoration, especially considering mainline operations not too long ago looked in doubt.  Although this wasn’t a Southern steam engine, I was not bothered, indeed quite the opposite, It was great to see the spectacle of steam on the mainline, especially as it was a locomotive and class that I hadn’t seen before.

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A U boat

Locksands Life

On a recent trip to Swanage we parked at Norden and took the steam train down to the seaside town. Our loco was a kind sometimes known as a U Boat. That’s because officially they were class U. She has a 2-6-0 wheel arrangement and locos with that pattern of wheels are all called Moguls.

She faced Norden which makes it hard to get a photo of her at the head of the train at Swanage but we were at Norden in time to see her arrive and get that shot.


This is quite a rare ex Southern Railway engine for me. I never saw her in my train spotting days which were 55 years ago, or more. But I saw and was hauled by her class mates which, of course, look just the same. These were workhorse rather than star engines. They were well suited to rural passenger trains.

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‘Zaha is going nowhere’ says Palace chairman Parish

Too right

Inside Croydon

Wilfried Zaha’s agent may have just earnt the Palace player the sort of pay rise he was seeking.

Wilfried Zaha: chairman has blocked any transfer move Wilfried Zaha: chairman has blocked any transfer move

Steve Parish, the Crystal Palace chairman, last night dismissed the Tottenham transfer offer for the player as “ridiculous”.

“We’ve told Spurs that there is really no point bidding for him because he is going nowhere – 100 per cent guaranteed,” Parish said.

Speaking on a late-night TalkSport radio programme, Parish said that the offer for Zaha, who had submitted a formal transfer request on Thursday morning, was for £12 million, not the £15 million first reported.

“We had a bid from Spurs but £12 million – it’s ridiculous. I can’t imagine that they’re serious,” Parish said.

“There’s no chance whatsoever of Wilfried Zaha leaving the club in this transfer window. I can absolutely reassure every Palace fan he is an integral part of our…

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A Plausible Premise

A thought?

Steve's 009 and 09 Adventure

Thaxted Railway Station Postcard

One of the criteria for my next layout is a plausible premise (real or fictional). Well, I think I have found one, literally just down the road…

Thaxted is a small, pretty, town in north Essex. A railway to Thaxted was first proposed in 1835, but the bill was defeated in parliament in 1836. Although, various railway lines were built within 15 miles of Thaxted, the lack of industry never attracted any other serious proposals for a line to the town.

The Light Railways Act of 1896 opened up the possibility of an inexpensive railway joining Thaxted to the mainline at Elsenham, a distance of just over five and a half miles.

Sir Walter Gibley, a prominent local landowner, favoured the building of a 2′ 6″ line. He engaged an engineer for the line, Walter Hopkins, who visited the Hunslet works. Hopkins was shown narrow gauge stock and locomotives being built for India…

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Details for carriage interiors

If it wasn’t for the politicians and all that! 😡


At the risk of again entering the political arena, I wondered whether Jeremy Corbyn’s recent escapades offer a modelling opportunity?

(For our overseas readers, or those sensible enough not to engage with the depressing world news, Mr Corbyn recently starred in a video showing him having to sit on the floor in the vestibule of a train operated by Virgin, due to acute overcrowding.

However, Virgin then released CCTV of him walking through a carriage with plenty of empty seats, and having perched on the floor for a while, then return to a seat for the rest of the journey.

The exact facts of the matter remain unclear, but I don’t fancy his chances against Mr Branson.)

corbyn Pictures: Daily Telegraph

Back to the modelling opportunity – how about sitting politicians in your coach vestibules – especially if there are no other passengers?  A little modification to existing figures may be…

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A view from the line #17 the wild flora or green fingered modelling

Scenery tips

GrahamMuz: Fisherton Sarum & Canute Road Quay

I am about as far from a horticulturalist as one can get, my own green space outside my home is more of a nature reserve and home to local wildlife than a garden! The nearest I get to green fingers is when the Woodland Scenics scatter material has stuck to my fingers. This post is an attempt to describe how I undertook some of the flora on Fisherton Sarum, although perhaps the photographs speak more than the actual words. Specific flora, especially when flowering, of course will vary depending on the time of year and as with many layouts I have set Fisherton Sarum somewhere between the spring and the end of summer so it is possible that certain plants should not be in flower together, but hey if I can model a time period of 1946 to 1949, a few months here and there flora wise are not really going…

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