Sunday, 15 December 2019

Review of 2019 : June

We reach the Summer months, the pace of trips did not let up though the weather in June wasn't the best. The month began with a trip to Attenborough in Nottinghamshire. A week later came a visit to the amazing Statfold Barn Railway near Tamworth, despite the heavy rain a great time was had at this narrow gauge heaven.

On car MOT day i went to Crewe, soon after I went to Matlock Bath in Derbyshire which has an interesting mining museum. The Birmingham Railway Museum in Tyseley has one of it's open days which i attended. Finally i visited Penkridge in Staffordshire.

On the BGLR i continued building the tunnel section under the tramway extension which gave the left side of the layout a proper scenic ending.

Song of the month was "euphoria" by Fury Weekend featuring Michael Oakley.

Saturday, 14 December 2019

Rucking in Rugby

Today i visited Rugby, a place i have been to before a few times (including for work reasons a long time ago) but i've never been into the actual town centre itself. So today I went to rectify that omission. Unfortunately more or less as soon as i had left the station the heavens opened so the photography conditions were far from ideal. You can see my photos here.

Friday, 13 December 2019

Review of 2019 : May

May tends to be a busy month for preserved railway visits and galas and this year was no exception. It started with a visit to the Ecclesbourne Valley Railway followed soon after by a return trip to the Crich Tramway Museum, truely one of the best transport museums around.

Mid month came one of the big events of the year, the Severn Valley Railway Diesel Gala, this one was tremendous as usual. I also visited the Railworld attraction in Peterborough.

It wasn't all railways though. I also walked the Coventry Canal in Bedworth, the Stratford Canal in Lapworth and Kingswood. I also visited the rather interesting village of Stewartby though the very heavy rain curtailed by exploration a bit.

On the BGLR i laid the board extension for phase 3 of the tramway. This later also became a second tunnel section on the layout.

Song of the month was "fantasy" by Jessie Frye.

Wednesday, 11 December 2019

Review of 2019 : April

As Spring arrives so does the opportunities for adventures and venues open up again after the Winter. April was a busy month which started with a visit to the Chinnor & Princes Risborough Railway for their diesel gala. I was also able to have a look around Chinnor itself this time. I returned to Hatton and explored more of the village (in the past I have only walked the canal and stayed at the railway station). Naturally there was time for a canal walk in Hatton too!

The main event in April was my third trip to Surrey, it has become a bit of a tradition and will likely be repeated again in 2020. I travelled around the county, also walking the Basingstoke Canal in Ash and the Wey Navigation in Guildford. A highlight was the FAST air museum in Farnborough. There was also time to visit some stations in Berkshire.

I also headed to the Marston Vale Line in Buckinghamshire / Bedfordshire to see the new Class 230, I visited Ridgmont and Kempston Hardwick.

On the BGLR there was some new rolling stock. A flat trailer for hauling HO scale wagons and a railcar.

Song of the month was "together" by High Desert.