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...

Tuesday, 9 July 2019

Churches (33) : St Laurence, Alvechurch

The Church of St Laurence is the parish church of Alvechurch in Worcestershire. A church has been on the site since Saxon times and a priest is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The earliest parts of the church however date from the thirteenth century, a dedication to St Laurence dates from 1239. Parts of the chancel and North aisle may be original parts of the church.

Other parts of the church including the tower date may from the fifteenth century, it was repaired following storm damage in 1676. The church was restored and rebuilt between 1858-60.

Alvechurch was an important religious location in medieval times. The Bishop of Worcester had a palace nearby and held court here.