Wednesday, 20 March 2019

BGLR : Return of the Trolley

The Motor Trolly has returned to the BGLR from the reserve fleet and will share engineering and departmental duties with Ruby. In a few weeks Bear will leave the layout and be replaced by Growler as the fleet rotation continues.

We are also looking into buying some new rolling stock soon.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Churches (29) : St Michael & All Angels, Beaconsfield

St Michael & All Angels is an early twentieth century church built in the New Town area of Beaconsfield. The Old Town of Beaconsfield has existed since at least the early Norman period but the New Town was built about a mile to the North of the original town at the end of the nineteenth century when the railway reached Beaconsfield.

St Michael & All Angels was built in 1914 [1] though because of the First World War original plans for the church including a spire and sanctuary were never realised. A nave and aisles were built in Kentish ragstone in the Decorated style.

A sanctuary was finally built in the 1950s and a lady chapel in the 1960s.

[1] Nikolaus Pevsner, Buckinghamshire (Penguin, 1960) p. 62

Monday, 18 March 2019

Hello again to Henley-in-Arden

Yesterday I visited Barnt Green for the first time in a number of years, today I did the same to Henley-in-Arden which I last visited way back in 2012. My first visit was memorable as I made the mistake of climbing the hill that overlooks the town not thinking that as it was muddy it might be tricky coming down again. I slipped and fell in my arse in the mud! Luckily there were no mishaps this time.

Some things haven't changed, some buildings haven't changed much in the town since the Middle Ages to be honest, but the station has changed a bit since my last visit so it was good to update my images. You can see my Henley-in-Arden photos here.

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Back to Barnt Green

A number of years ago, after a few months of working in Worcester and commuting by train every day, my interest in railways was reawakened. It had lain dormant for a number of years, though I did read the occasional magazine to keep reasonably up to date, but the spark was back and so now it was time to start making trips on a train to take some photos! The very first trip I made was to Barnt Green, and today I returned to update my photos.

I also had a walk around the village which is near to the Lickey Hills. It is a nice area just inside Worcestershire. You can see today's photos here.