Tuesday, 16 July 2019

Churches (34) : St James with St Thomas, Poolstock

The Church of St James with St Thomas is in Poolstock, a district of Wigan. Work began on the church in 1863 and it was consecreted three years later. The church (then known as the Church of St James) was funded by local MP and mine and mill owner James Eckersley and built in the centre of a mining village.

The church has a five bay nave with a clerestory, a chancel, a vestry, North and South aisles and a West tower. The church was built from sandstone in the Decorated style. In 1970 the neighbouring church of St Thomas closed and the parishes merged.

Monday, 15 July 2019

BGLR : Plymouth's rebirth

Due to the problems with Percy the second oldest locomotive on the line Plymouth is to make a comeback. Plymouth ran well on it's comeback to the layout after two years gathering dust in the backscene. Now Plymouth is having a complete make-over being repainted in purple!

Sunday, 14 July 2019

Return to the Tame Valley

Around ten years ago, when I was working at BCU, I began walking along the towpath of the nearby Tame Valley Canal at lunchtimes. Little did I know that this bit of exercise would inspire me to begin exploring more canals, starting my waterways blog and maybe also the spark for my railway interest and blogs?

As the waterways blog is ten years old in September I decided to walk the Tame Valley Canal again (since I left BCU six years ago I haven't visited the canal). I walked it from Witton to Rushall Junction. You can see my photos here.

Thursday, 11 July 2019


Model project #086 was an Avro Anson and it has now been completed. The kit was an old Airfix one made in the 1960s (so a lot older than me!) After lying on a shop shelf somewhere for decades I bought it off eBay last year. The kit hasn't turned out badly at all and hopefully i've done it justice after it's long wait. It's strange but decals over fifty years old sometimes are easier to place than brand new ones...