Sunday 14 April 2024

Project Windsock

When i saw you could get a windsock for less than ten pounds on Amazon the only question is, why not? So, my windsock is now installed on the shed. What use this is for me is unknown, but i love it.

Friday 12 April 2024

Churches (219) : Holy Trinity, Coventry

Holy Trinity Church in Coventry dates from the 12th century and is the only complete medieval church in the city. The church is large and is Perpendicular in style. The tower has a seventy-two metre high spire, one of the highest non-cathedral spires in the country. The church has transepts, a chancel with chapels and the nave has north and south aisles.

The church is close to Coventry Cathedral.

Thursday 11 April 2024

Model week : Back on track

The new layout project is starting to take shape, although much of it will reuse my huge stockpile of N gauge stock and supplies i did need some new track and that arrived yesterday. I was able to set up the planned layout on the new board and ran a quick test train using my Class 33. Now i am finalising the track layout and once that is done i will look to make it permanent. With this layout i am trying something different. I am going to mark where the ballast needs to go, then remove the track and lay the ballast, then i will put the track back and nail it in place. A different method to how i have done it before, we'll see how it turns out!

Wednesday 10 April 2024

Monday 8 April 2024

West Midlands Places (14) : Elmdon

Elmdon is a village in Solihull, notable for being the location of Birmingham Airport and a Jaguar Land Rover factory.

Elmdon means hill of the elms, the village is listed in the Domesday Book but remained a sparsely populated estate until a turnpike road was built through Elmdon. The centre of Elmdon was near the parish church of St Nicholas, which was built in 1790, and the now lost Elmdon Hall but moved due the turnpike. The hall survived until 1956, though in it's latter years had a variety of uses and occupants including the Home Guard in the Second World War. The hall was demolished and it's lands largely turned into Elmdon Park.

Elmdon Airport was opened in 1939 though quickly became a Royal Air Force airfield due to the war. Post-war it eventually became Birmingham Airport, the old village was demolished during the building of the runway! In 1946 Rover opened a factory in Elmdon, the factory having it's origins in a factory built in preparation for the pending war in the late 1930s, and during the war made aero engines. The factory later became Jaguar Land Rover's Solihull plant and currently makes Range Rovers and the Jaguar F-Pace