About the blog

For the past forty-odd years I have pursued an interest in the Railways of Germany however as the end of the line beckons, I have returned to the railway that has always run past my home - the Southern.

Tuesday, 19 March 2019

Unforgettable U

Many years ago, I was forced to part with my lovely U Class, all I can add is that the proceeds went to a good cause.

It was built by Dave Taylor.

Wind forward six years and a very sad looking U Class appeared on eBay for less than £50.

Happy days...........?

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Foot crossing - 1

There is a need for passengers and staff to cross the track at Beaminster Road, as the line is rather under used, a foot crossing was planned.
Foot crossings are not unusual, there is an extensive crossing at Exeter St.Davids.

The crossing at Beaminster Road is under the care of the signalman and warning signage will be extensive.

Using a card template, a start has been made.

Dry stone walls in Dorset

 Dorset dry stone wall 

One of the traditional methods of boundary and field enclosure, a wall's style and method of construction will vary, depending on the type of stone available, its intended use and local tradition. Most older walls are constructed from field stones and boulders cleared from the fields during preparation for agriculture but other source from stone quarried nearby. For modern walls, (below) quarried stone is almost always used.

However, walling is rarely used for boundary marking for railways, it is more likely to be post and fencing and the Southern cast their own concrete fence posts.

On Beaminster Road, dry stone walling is used only to mark as a boundary, two makes of model walling was used, genuine Hornby and a much cheaper eBay version - the latter is lower and required a great deal of fettling.

 No More Nails was used an adhesive and filler but the wall really needs weathering, climbing plants and moss, the result should look like this.