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Watercress Line

Tracking the Beat

The Watercress Line is so named because it was used to transport watercress to the markets in London. Before that it was a private line built to open up the predominantly agricultural region. It is now run by volunteers who enable it to function as a tourist attraction, thereby preserving it’s history.

There are four stations and each one is presented in a different time period from pre-war to the 1960’s. We began our journey at Alton which is also a mainline station to London Waterloo. Crossing the footbridge, we stepped back in time, hearing the sound of a steam engine running alongside the carriages to get to the front for it’s return journey.

The platform was packed with excited passengers, including a group of school children who were dressed in period costume as they re-enacted the evacuation of children during WWII, complete with cardboard name boards hanging round their…

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Wimblehurst Road up date 

Slow progress.

When you think October is a long way away now at the end of July!

Still lots to do. The Pickering Railcar is now motorised but need to sort out the weight issue.


Good news on the Terrier, I now have a working runnable chassis!


So next to the painting and finishing stage, need to research which one it needs to be.

Today took delivery of a LB&SC 54′ brake coach built for me by Andrew Barnes. An excellent model it is too and my grateful thanks go to Andrew for the time he has put it to building it for me.


In true Colonel Stephen’s fashion Andrew has also loaned me some wagons and a brake van.


Again a beautiful model. Thanks Andrew.

That’s all for now.

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In memoriam of Henry Bousher – a brief visit to Southwalk Bridge LSWR splendour in his honour

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Today is the funeral, of London South Western Railway historian and modelling stalwart, octogenarian Henry Bousher who sadly passed away on 8th July after a battle with ill health.  This post is by way of a mark of respect to Henry, my condolences to his family and fellow friends and by a small way a celebration of his many full years of life.

Henry was a member of the Epsom and Ewell Model Railway Club in excess of 50 years, an active and long term member of the South Western Circle and and also The Model Railway Club. His knowledge of and enthusiasm for the London and Southern Western Railway (LSWR) was extensive and infectious, along with a great humour coupled to his joy at seeing pictures of or an accurately modelled rake of Salmon and Chocolate LSWR coaching stock (especially with the coach roofs being white).  He will…

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Nene Valley Railway

Pete's Favourite Things

On Saturday Sue and I, together with two friends Andrew and James, visited the Nene Valley Railway near Peterborough.This line is interesting as unlike most preserved railways it was not closed down as part of the cuts to the network in the 1960’s, but had actually closed to regular traffic in the late 1930’s.

Wansford Station

Wansford Station

Unfortunately, we found on arrival that our steam train scheduled for the day had failed and so we would be diesel hauled on our trip. The line runs from Yarwell into Peterborough through the Cambridgeshire countryside.

Class 31 diesel engine. Built for BR at Loughborough in 1961 and used in the Midland Region. It was withdrawn from mainline service in 2000.

34081 92 Squadron in the yard – A Bulleid ‘Battle of Britain Class locomotive. Built at Brighton in 1948, it worked on Southern Region until 1964, when it was sent to…

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Throwback Thursday , ballasting…

Albion Yard

Remember the good times? Spending hours brushing ballast into the sleepers, getting the point work clean, repainting, filling the gaps afterwards?


No, me neither! However it is one of those chores that for me is included in the ‘Meh!’ files along with wiring. Today I’ve finished all the track work, it’s all had a good shakedown testing so on with the ballast. I’m using Woodland Scenics and it’s now in place for the fixing.


Normally I use diluted PVA or superglue, but this time I’ve tried a different technique, clear varnish acrylic with the surface tension reduced with detergent. It worked ok and I did a traditional PVA/detergent mix test simultaneously.


Working outside on a warm summer day the PVA cured faster, so I reverted to that method for the ballast across the layout. Peco bufferstops are at the track ends, but will be replaced with GWR or LMS/BR types…

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New MP Jones challenges Tories to pay for new sprinklers

Inside Croydon

Sarah Jones used her maiden speech to Parliament yesterday to challenge the Tory Government to provide the funds needed to pay for the potentially life-saving fitting of sprinklers in council-run residential tower blocks across the country.

Croydon Central MP Sarah Jones making her maiden speech in the House of Commons yesterday. Picture: parliamentlive.tv

Croydon Central’s new MP was speaking during a debate on the Grenfell Tower disaster, in which at least 80 north Kensington residents lost their lives a month ago in the biggest fire tragedy in this country since World War II.

Jones said, “I am proud that Labour’s Croydon Council was the first council to agree to retro-fitting all our tower blocks with sprinklers.

“I call on the Government to clarify whether they fund this, and all the other changes we need to reverse the shocking cuts to local government.

“We cannot afford not to do this.

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ESNG at the Bluebell – 4

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Our final post from the Bluebell Railway, again looks at the ‘big’ trains, and my two favourite locomotives from our visit.

Firstly, I was delighted to see the Southern Railway ‘Q’ 0-6-0 in steam and even better, it hauled us both ways between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes.  Designed by Maunsell in the late 1930’s, it was a slightly dated, but absolutely typical, freight and mixed-traffic 0-6-0 design.  All British Railways had similar locomotives from the early years of the century.

I’m a fan of the Q, as I had an ‘OO’ version, built from a Wills Finecast kit when I was a teenager.  Like the Bluebell, it appeared both in Southern green and in British Railways black.  It’s a very neat locomotive, and I’m wondering how easy it would be to convert the Farish LMS 4F to a Q.  My ‘OO’ version ran on a Triang ‘Jinty’ chassis, that…

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