Wednesday, 9 June 2021

Model Week : Testing the goods yard

The re-laid goods yard with the HOe switches have not been stuck (or fixed) down yet. A couple of goods trains have been tested on the track and all is fine. Fixing will happen soon!

Tuesday, 8 June 2021

Cathedrals (8) : Worcester

The magnificent cathedral at Worcester has early Norman origins with work starting on the cathedral in 1084 but not finishing until the early 16th century. However, this replaced an earlier building with dated from 680. No remains of this first cathedral have survived.

The cathedral contains a number of different architectural styles from early Norman to Perpendicular Gothic. The former survives in the cathedral's crypt. The cathedral has two transepts which cross the nave. The building has a chapter house and a cloister. The central tower once had a spire though this has now gone. The cathedral contains King John's tomb, other burials include Prime Minster Stanley Baldwin.

Sunday, 6 June 2021


Yesterday I headed to Spondon, in the East of Derby. A fine place it is too with a 14th century church and some great views of Derby in the valley below from atop a bridge which crosses a main road. You can see my photos here.

Thursday, 3 June 2021

Model Week: Wagon and track

A new wagon has joined the Birches Green freight fleet, this is another Liliput open wagon. We already have a few of these, two are permanent members of the departmental fleet and fitted with track cleaners. This new wagon will be part of the general freight pool. We've also bought two proper HOe switches and used them to replace the N gauge ones in the freight yard. The N gauge switches are being used on the N gauge layout. 

We still have two N gauge switches on Birches Green but replacing them would cause too much upheaval as already ballasted track would have to be lifted and this would be a colossal mess. What we'll do instead is look for ways to hide the visible N gauge sleepers.