Not a lot to show over the summer. The layout is in the process of being rewired. Had to redo the river as the material I used had shrunk with the heat so tried Yacht varnish but that has a mind of its own.
So concentrated on adding scenic items such as Modelu figures.
Here are 2 examples
Still a lot to do before July next year, dare say the time will fly by.
Croydon has a history of brewing that dates back to the 16th century. Page and Overton’s Brewery was formed in 1892 when Nathaniel Page joined forces with Frederick Overton, owner of the Royal Oak Brewery in Surrey Street. £100,000 was spent in 1929 on enlarging the brewery premises and installing additional plant.
A report compiled in 1932 outlines the improvements made to the plant, the bottling machine being described as a ‘real marvel’, filling and crowning bottles at a rate of 300 dozen per hour. The Page and Overton Company became one of the oldest and largest industries in Croydon, before being closed in 1954. It had its own maltings in Church Road, and wells for extracting water for brewing. The malt houses survived until the early 1970s and the only building standing today is at No.8 Overton’s Yard. This brick granary, dating from 1880, has been well restored as Granaries Nightclub.
Volunteers are needed to pot up 21,000 Crocus Sativus corms in the centre of Croydon next week to ensure an autumn harvest of their precious saffron crop – which is worth its weight in gold, and then some. Last month, gardening enthusiast Ally McKinley staged a successful crowd-funding exercise, raising more than £4,000 in less […]
Tonbridge MRS exhibition is one of the highlights of February and this year I was invited to help the Croydon lads with Hemlock which is a representation of the Hemyock branch. The scale as you may of guessed is 3mm and Hemlock was originally 12mm gauge and modelled for reverse running where the station was entered from the dairy end instead of from the other direction as on the prototype. The stream running alongside was also made into a canal. However the decision was taken a few years ago now to change the track gauge to 14.2 and thus to accommodate this the running line was changed to come in from the proper direction, although the canal stayed.
Here are some photos of Hemlock
Sorry for the trees but I have a penchant for model trees and just had to feature these excellent examples made by Mike Davey of Croydon club.
Tonbridge club looked after us and dinner was Shepherds Pie and veg followed by Apple slice and cream. Later also came the cakes (of which I should of taken a few photos ala Phil Parker).
A very enjoyable day and thanks to the Croydon lads for inviting me along. Here are a few pics I took of some of the layouts there.
Valentines Day saw the good Mrs Driscoll and I travel to London Victoria to board the Valentines Day express headed by LNER B1 Mayflower to Brighton organised by Steam Dreams for a special screening of the Film Brief Encounter which is 70 years old.
After a sumptuous dinner in the Weatherspoons above W H Smith washed down by a pint of Wandle ale, we made our way to platform 7 to await our train. Standing by the entrance it was clear to see who our travelling companions were as they too were clutching their cream coloured tickets.
Soon the unmistakable sound of a diesel filled the station and our train had arrived with a class 47 in Stratford livery as tail end Charlie.
Being coach K we did not have far to go and found our seats in good time. Promptly at 6.09pm we pulled out of platform 7 to make our tortious way over to the Brighton side with County of Essex giving us a good push up the steep climb to Grosvenor bridge and onto the slow lines through Battersea Park and Clapham Junction, in fact all the way down to East Croydon. It was quite a spectacle to watch those on the platform open mouthed or suddenly reach for their mobile phone to take a picture.
Good progress was made through Purely where the train took the line to Redhill by which time Mrs Driscoll and I were sipping the Chardonnay. Slow progress through Redhill and then fits and starts of speed. Pass Gatwick leaving behind the inevitable steam trail and the lovely smell that goes with it.
Three Bridges was passed with the new depot in the dark on the right hand side, over Ouse Valley viaduct and then Hayward’s Heath. As it was dark it was difficult to tell when in a tunnel as unlike modern trains our ears didn’t pop.
There was a good turnout of people at Hassocks as we steamed through as You Tube will testify – always good to see both young and old alike.
No sooner had we gone through Clayton tunnel then we were at Preston Park slowing for Brighton. Arriving at Brighton seemed to take an age. There was defiantly no shortage of steam on Mayflower’s part as she was blowing off furiously through her safety valve which was quite ear piercing!
There was a veritable gaggle of people around Mayflower and the Steam Dreams Stewards had their work cut out herding us to board the coaches for the film.