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A Busy Day at the Bure Valley Railway

The Bure Valley – an excellent little railway

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Mark Timothy at Aylsham

Recently, I joined the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers for a day out on the Bure Valley Railway. It was a busy and enjoyable day.

First, we went for a ride on the railway. In the picture above No. 9 ‘Mark Timothy’ is waiting to leave Aylsham station. We spent the whole journey to Wroxham having a good natter about all aspects of narrow gauge trains, which was great fun.

At Wroxham the driver and fireman turned Mark Timothy on the turntable and we all took photos.

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Rebuilt to resemble a Kitson from the Leek and Manifold Railway she’s a really good looking loco. 003

Ready for the return journey.

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Following an excellent ‘sausage, chips and beans’ in the Whistlestop Café at Aylsham station we got the chance to tour the workshops. Who could resist…

Andrew Barnes, the Managing Director of the BVR, conducted the tour. Here’s an overall…

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Fiddling the figures won’t help to save our NHS

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CROYDON COMMENTARY: NHS bureaucrats try to deny that they are planning significant closures to south London’s hospitals, while working on a plan which offers two ‘hypotheses’, neither of which include maintaining all five of the current sites.

Here ANDY FORD, who works in the NHS, offers some background to the latest round of cuts

nhs-nurse-genericIt is time for action.

There is a government plan which has the potential to transform the NHS into a largely privatised and fragmented version of itself, with A&Es all over the country under threat, maybe one-third of maternity units, and the loss of hundreds of thousands of jobs.

It is called STP – “Sustainability and Transformation Plan”. But the union Unite has more correctly named it as “Slash Trash and Privatise”.

The excellent Keep Our NHS Public has offered some useful background to what lies behind STP.

For a start, the NHS is not overspending.

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Visit to: Swindon Railway Festival , September 2016

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Today I am going to take you on a retrospective adventure to the Swindon Railway Festival, which I visited on the 11th September at Swindon’s STEAM – Museum of The Great Western Railway.

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I had just returned from a trip to somewhere or other (as I often do) and I was not sure I had the energy to go to the event, but in the end I’m really glad I made the effort.

With Swindon’s ongoing celebrations as part of Swindon 175 there was a strong emphasis on GWR heritage across the full breadth of the GWRs history, including South Wales coal lines, Cornish branch lines and, of course, the surrounds of Swindon itself.

Stand out layouts at the show included Porth St John; a beautiful depiction of Cornwall in the 1930s. I loved the representation of the mudflats beneath the elaborate blue bridge and the fishing nets.

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Speed restrictions at four sites as trams start running again

Inside Croydon

Croydon’s trams are running services on all routes again, 10 days after the tragic derailment in which seven people died and 50 people were injured. But the service has only resumed after additional speed restrictions have been put in place at the crash site at Sandilands and three other places on the network.

Trams have started to run through Addiscombe and Sandilands again for the first time since the crash 10 days ago Trams have started to run through Addiscombe and Sandilands again for the first time since the crash 10 days ago

The additional restrictions are the result of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s interim report into the crash, which was published on Wednesday.

Transport for London made a low-key announcement on the resumption of service this morning. “Following the tragic events in Croydon last week, tram services have today resumed across the whole tram network,” they said.

“Prior to resuming, and in accordance with advice in the Rail Accident Investigation Branch’s (RAIB) interim report into the derailment, additional…

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Model Rail Magazine to produce Wisbech and Upwell J70 Steam Tram

I hope so

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Rumours from Warley National 2016 indicate that Model Rail magazine are considering commissioning a Wisbech and Upwell J70 Steam tram,  famously associated with Toby the Steam Tram from The Railway Series ( and the Thomas and Friends TV series).

Model Rail are requesting feedback on livery options and whether to produce a version with opening doors, sounds and removal sideplates!

I know what I’d choose (all of the above).

These models will be more than welcome on Brewery Pit, so I look forward to hearing further news. Pictured below are my J70 and Y6.

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