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Going for a Spa

Visited the Spa Valley railway for the first time using a gift experience day given to me by my ex-colleagues when I was made redundant by the Council, so no better way to end a not so good year then having a ride on a steam train with the good Mrs D.

Catching the 1122 am ,Uckfield train from E Croydon we arrived in time to catch the late running 1203 pm departure. When we arrived they were just putting Ring Haw on the front. As Spa Valley lease the track from Network Rail (expires in 2022) they are not in possession of a run round loop which necessitates a rather complicated shunting manoeuvre, hence the photo of the Cl.31430 at the Uckfield end of the train.

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Leaving Eridge we made slow progress to Groombridge (& I do mean slow progress) waiting 20 minutes in the loop at Groombridge for the late running service from Tunbridge Wells West hauled by the GWR tank 813.

Groombridge is a rather quaint station, not the original as the original station site was developed for housing encroaching on the railway boundary so although the old station building is there the Spa valley station has been relocated further along, interesting none the less, especially the old bakery sign.

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Upon arrival at Tunbridge Wells Wests single platform i was able to take a photo of our steed Ring Haw on loan from the North Norfolk Railway.

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The Spa Valley is very much diesel orientated as can be seen from the DEMU in the background (fond memories of working on those when a Guard at Norwood back in the 80’s).

So to fed the inner man and woman we headed for the Opera House – a Weatherspoons. Being my first time in Tunbridge Wells (not my wife’s as she lived there years ago) Google Maps navigated us to the Opera House, where a lovely meal in beautiful surroundings did not disappoint.

Back to the station via the High Street and the Pantiles made for an interesting walk back, though we were early which was just as well as the late running was still occurring with the stock for the 320 pm departure not having arrived. However this go an opportunity to look round.

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Electro diesel 73140 was ticking over, I guess on Thunderbird duties.

The yard contained some interesting stock. 813 waiting patiently for its train to arrive along with the railways resident diesels.

Eventually Ring Haw arrived with the late running 320 pm departure. This meant 813 coming from the yard and attaching to  31430 which was the tail end – sure the Rev. Awdry would of had a field day!

The light as you can imagine was starting to fade badly as 813 coupled up to the head of the train.

We departed Tunbridge Wells West around 4 pm with a well loaded 4 coach train. Just outside Eridge, 813 was detached  to run into the bay platform, as  31430 brought the train into the main platform.

There we left the train and adjourned to the adjacent Huntsman pub (Hall and Woodhouse) See The Huntsman Eridge  for a couple of drinks before catching our train back to East Croydon.

A very enjoyable day, Goodbye and good riddance 2018, hears to what I hope will be a better 2019.

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Uckfield MRC exhibition 2018 #1 — esngblog

We’re definitely into the exhibition season now, so last Saturday I drove down to Uckfield for their annual show. This is always one of my favourites, as it is very much a ‘fine scale’ show, usually with lots of quite small layouts and all good quality with no ‘fillers’. This year was no different, and […]

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Scaleforum 2018

Went to Scaleforum at Stoke Mandeville yesterday.

Some nice layouts, just not enough of them along with lack of movement on some.

Flint fields my fav layout of all time won best in show. Not bad for a Layout built in the early nineties!

Here are the photos

Flintfields

Tredethy Wharf

Leighton Buzzard

Cadhay Sidings

Burnham on Sea

Wantage

Kerrinhead

Lower Rose Goods

Railway, Railway days

Epsom Show – Pt 1

April must be Epsom show time. Visited the show with Mr P and as usual a good balance of trade and layouts. Quite a few n Gauge layouts but the favourite has to be Trevor Nunes S gauge Trowland. Have been a great fan of Trevor’s East Lynn now retired from the exhibition circuit.

Freshwater – 2mm FS

Burnham on Sea

Ferring P4