Saturday, 22 June 2019

Tyseley Locomotive Works

Today was an open day for the Tyseley Locomotive Works in Birmingham, the closest the city has to a transport museum! As usual there was a good selection of steam locomotives on show, star was a replica of Stephenson's Rocket, arguably the second most famous locomotive after Flying Scotsman! No trespassers this time though. You can see my photos of the open day here.

Friday, 21 June 2019

Peak District Lead Mine Museum

The Peak District Lead Mine Museum in Matlock Bath is an excellent little museum dedicated to (as the name states) mining, especially of lead, around the Peak District. I found their collection of artifacts very interesting indeed especially the mineral samples and the wagons which used to transport ore deep underground. I'm glad I didn't have to become a miner like my great-grandfather did (for coal)! You can see my photos at the museum in my Matlock Bath set.

Matlock Bath

I wasn't at work today as its the anniversary of my Dad passing away and I prefer to do something else to take my mind off things. That "something else" was to head up to Matlock Bath which is the spa town part of Matlock. Very pretty it is too though the promenade alongside the river has an interesting mixture of shops: it seemed to be mostly either chippys or amusement arcades! The main focus of my visit was the Lead Mining Museum which will be dealt with in another post. You can see all of my photos from Matlock Bath here.

Thursday, 20 June 2019


A Blackpool "Toastrack" tram (you can probably work out why it's called that) at Crich.

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

BGLR : Overside load

A while ago I bought a HO scale dummy tram. Originally I intended the tram line to be just for show but of course it is now a fully operational second line. I have removed the pantograph from the dummy tram and it makes for a neat load for the flatbed wagon.