Monday, 17 October 2016

New stock

New additions to the stock box ready for next weekend at the Cradley Heath MRC Exhibition.

BR 8Ton cattle wagon Painted and weathered Bachmann item, Was originally marked "ALE" as quite a few of these wagons were converted from Cattle to Ale wagons when the transport of livestock by rail declined.

Gunpowder van, Painted and weathered Dapol wagon. No Cambrian coast line layout would be complete without at least a few of these as explosives were a staple freight from Cooks Explosives works at Penrhyndeudraeth.

 Double chimney BR Standard class 4 4-6-0, Repainted, renumbered and weathered Bachmann loco.
A regular performer on the Cambrian lines 

Sorry about the quality of the pictures but they were taken in low light with a hand held camera and they don't really do the models much justice.
I hope to take some better pictures during the exhibition so watch this space!

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Great Railway Journeys

The latest addition to the bookcase is this reprint of Bradshaw's 1963 Handbook otherwise known as "Bradshaw's Guide".
This is the book that inspired the television series presented by Micheal Portillo "Great railway Journeys"
I haven't had chance to read much of it yet, but, what I have seen and read makes interesting reading when compared to today's data.
Quite a lot of what Bradshaw describes in his handbook still applies today. It's interesting also to read about towns and stations that due to Dr Beeching no longer have stations or even a railway line anywhere near them.
Looks like I have some light bedtime reading for a few months at least!