Sunday, 24 July 2011


This weekend saw myself and my brother Richard demonstrating once again at Camrail in Bradford-on-Avon.  This year this 2 day show had a theme focusing on the light railways of Colonel Holman F. Stephens.  As well as several layouts following this theme the Colonel Stephens Society were in attendance and if any light railway devotees are out there and were not aware it was going on then they missed something quite special.  My own demo table had 1/3 of my new "Chipping Compton" layout on show.  The buildings are not in there final positions though.                                                    

One of the Colonel Stephen's layouts on show was Rye Town and here we see "Tenterden" approaching the terminus with a goods working.  

The Weston, Clevedon and Portishead Light Railway's terminus in Weston Super Mare was a humble affair and this 4mm scale model is a very fine portrayal indeed.  Here we see one of the ex LBSCR Terrier tanks standing at the platform having just arrived from Portishead.                 

Autocoach heaven

The weekend of 2/3 July saw the Dean Forest Railway run their Branchline Gala.  This featured the debut of Mike Little's second autocoach into service.  His 14xx number 1450 is seen here sandwiched between two autocoaches just after leaving Parkend and about to pass over a foot crossing.  The car nearest the camera is a BR-built type and has been named "Chaffinch".  Whilst not running in BR service with this name two cars from this batch were indeed named "Wren" and "Thrush". 

Track laying begins!

It's been mentioned on this blog for months but track laying finally commenced on 15th June.  Here we see the engine release crossover being started.  Why start at this end of the layout you may be asking?  Simple, to ensure there really was enough space for the largest loco intended to run on this layout (a Collett 2251) to fit in here with a little room to spare..   

Marking out

Back in late May I began to plot the final position of the track on the baseboards which by now had been covered in cork sheeting.  Here we see one of the boards all marked out.