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  1. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    The Fat Controller's Birthday It being the 6th anniversary of the opening of the DGR, the Fat Controller was delighted to welcome Thomas as a new arrival to the railway, to celebrate the arrival of our grandson a couple of weeks ago. When he first arrived, Thomas was rather a lonely engine, having no-one to play with: He tried talking to the Throstlebeck signalman, but that wasn't much fun: At last he met a couple of friendly coaches and persuaded them to come out for a run: They had a lot of fun puffing across Foxdale Bank: And then Thomas found another two coaches to join them. "Look at me now!" he shouted as they charged across the Northern Viaduct:
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    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Australian Narrow Gauge We had a very special visitor to enjoy today's sunshine, in the form of Frank with his Baldwin-pattern 2-6-2T from the Victorian Railways 2'6" gauge line in the Dandenong Ranges. This line, now preserved as the Puffing Billy Railway, was built in the early 1900s, and seemed to be getting by when the following photos were taken at some point in its early decades. The fireman waves to the camera during shunting at Gembrook Number 6A dawdles through the Dandenongs with a goods train The driver keeps an eye out as the train runs onto the Northern Viaduct... ...from where it's best not to look down!
  3. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Video Tasty My favourite garden railway video team, Duck End Pictures, have just produced another superb gauge 1 epic which I hope you'll enjoy: https://youtu.be/f3SOzcLvaGk
  4. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Regal Progress Julian's "King William IV" paid another visit this week, showing the excellent results of his further detailing work, and flaunting an impressive retinue of chocolate and cream coaches in the rear. Nice lamp handles: A glimpse of the cab detailing:
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    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Some obviously regard the railway as a bit of an intrusion in their part of the garden...
  6. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    A mixed couple Josh brought a welcome range of trains on his recent visit to the DGR. First was Tornado, sounding better than ever with a higher-grade replacement speaker in the tender, and looking good at the head of my ex-LNER crimson and cream coaches: Then there was the Javelin set in part-2012 London Olympics vinyls. Looks good crossing the Northern Viaduct, but just needs someone to photoshop either some overhead line equipment or a third rail please!
  7. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Nevada meets Georgia One of the delights of attending model railway exhibitions is that you never know when you may find just that little something that you'd forgotten, or never realised, you wanted. This morning I went to the excellent Seaboard Southern show in Crawley: https://www.seaboard-southern.org.uk/ . It is of course an all-American show, and I found some C19th US coaches which are a good match with my Rivarossi 4-4-0 "Genoa" loco acquired at another exhibition about a decade ago. A purist would point out that the Virginia and Truckee RR is a long way from the Western and Atlantic RR -- but it's fine by me as long as the photos don't show both names at once!
  8. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Southern Splendour When David came to visit, one sunny afternoon a few weeks ago, we had a session running Southern trains from our combined collections. Here is an S15 with a goods train somewhere near Dorking on the North Downs line heading for Guildford. Note the bogie tender and "Queen Mary" brake van. Later, at Northdown Sidings a waiting T9 almost completely obscures a passing N Class loco from the camera, while the S15 pauses nearby (left) . Out on the main line, 30737 "King Uther" pilots an S15 on an express train crossing Foxdale Bank The double-headed train races down Bamboo Curtain Straight And a few minutes later we see "Ottery St Mary" with an all-Pullman ocean liner train from Southampton to Waterloo
  9. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    There haven't been any hot weather problems on the Dorking Garden Railway so far. Although the rails sometimes became too hot to touch in the afternoon sun, there seems to be enough room for movement of loose track on the curves to take care of the expansion. Sort of vindicates my failure to lay any ballast! General deterioration of the wood trackbed is another matter. Some parts will presumably need replacing one day. Treated wood seems fine when most rainwater runs off it, but some of mine is now showing its age, with cracking appearing (see pic below). Even if treated, this will eventually lead to further damage from water and/or frost. Nothing lasts forever. Nevertheless, I'm quite satisfied with wood as the trackbed material because of the ease of shaping and fixing it in the first place and the nice weathered appearance it acquires.
  10. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    An afternoon moment at Throstlebeck Sidings ...As a Black 5 runs through with a goods train: Several photographers capture the action from different viewpoints: Until the train finally disappears onto Sycamore Curve and beyond:
  11. Andrew

    Worsley Dale Garden Railway

    Some very nice photos there, Mick. The Black 5 looks good on your outdoor section. And indoors, I'm impressed by the length of that station platform - just the job! Andrew
  12. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    Almost a Catastrophe (Ooohhh!) What was that about 'Never involve children or animals'? Terror stalks the tracks! What happens if I grab it? What do you mean, "I'm in the way"?
  13. Andrew

    the Dorking Garden Railway

    German Visitors Recently two lots of German themed visitors came to the Dorking Garden Railway. First, David came back with a range of smooth-running Teutonic monsters, of which this DB Class 41 2-8-2 is but one example: Then Geoff brought this fine Roco model of the DB Roco-themed Class 103 electric loco. The detailing is impressive - but it needs someone to Photoshop some overhead catenary please! Even the wheels are the coloured (a bit like an A4 tender actually):
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    the Dorking Garden Railway

    The King returns Earlier this week Julian reappeared with his ever more-detailed King William IV and some new coaches. Fortunately lineside photographers were on hand to capture the proceedings. In the first two pictures, Wills is hauling the Birmingham to London standby Blue Pullman set of coaches on a day when the diesel unit was unavailable. This gives a slightly better view of the train's makeup, consisting of chocolate and cream open Firsts sandwiched between Pullmans: The last photo shows King William IV hauling "The Inter City" which ran throughout the 1950s between Wolverhampton Low Level, Birmingham Snow Hill and Paddington. Some nice detailing visible on the loco.
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