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  1. Mr Toad rides again, on a largely green day Actually, I think he got tired of waiting for the train... Anyway, in the afternoon David P. came round with a great selection of engines needing to stretch their legs in the fresh air. First a BR Standard 2-6-2T: The unique Duke was certainly in fine form: The Southern was represented by Battle of Britain class number 34077 "603 Squadron" and by an S15. Somehow the S15 didn't get its picture taken, although it did look good; maybe next time.
  2. With a little help from my friends While I was getting the railway ready for today's running session, the guardian robin popped up to see what was happening: Shortly afterwards, a less common visitor turned up: Eventually I got on with running trains. It was a freight day, and things started with the Black 5, initially heading for Throstlebeck Sidings with a few vans: and here seen leaving Throstlebeck with more wagons added: Two engines were seen at Throstlebeck today, the Black 5 and a Standard Class 4MT (well, there's a surprise!): The 4MT headed off with that coal train... ...round Sycamore Curve... Then passing Foxdale Carr Hall: After which it just remained for the Black 5 to haul a very similar train across Foxdale Bank and on homewards:
  3. That looks fantastic, Mick. Nice to see the overview of the (very tidy!) shed. And the scenic impact is impressive - you've managed to combine decent distant scenery and station detail very effectively (such as the gate in the fence - nice touch). An inspiring example for us all.
  4. Magical mystery tour Roll up for the Hogwarts Express, fittingly hauled by Hogwarts Castle (Anyone seen a Ford Anglia flying around?):
  5. Just after the turn of the Millennium Virgin Voyager Class 220 units revolutionised Cross Country services with their useful connections centred on Birmingham New Street, elongated routes and regular interval timings. Not rocket science, but it made an impact, as did the comfortable and good-looking units themselves. This is the Bachmann version: Here's a Brighton to Manchester service (or is it the other way round?) on the North Downs Line quite near Dorking:
  6. Foreign Visitors to the DGR Geoff and Josh braved the intense sun in Dorking yesterday and, as usual, brought a welcome eclectic mix of rolling stock new to this railway. First up, the Germans: Here's a handsome NordWestBahn diesel unit from Niedersachsen: and here, braving the Northern Viaduct (and somehow coasting on the gradient with its pan down) is a Piko model of a Talent emu in DB Regio livery (If only I had the patience to install overhead line equipment like Thomas!):
  7. That's a fascinating video, Mick. Really good to see the entire length of your line with all its fine civil engineering features now weathering nicely. The breeze block viaducts seem to be taking on a more natural, matured colour. And your artistry with the indoor mountain backdrop is fantastic - creates a really effective impression of a towering massif receding realistically into the distance. I envy your tunnels, which look most convincing. Altogether a superb layout, a suitable monument to all your efforts!
  8. Summer comes soonest in the South This week David H. brought ten very handsome locomotives from his large Southern collection to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine in Dorking. First up was a double headed ensemble of King Arthurs, with Sir Meliagrance piloting Pendragon: After running successfully for some time, we noticed that Sir Meliagrance had nevertheless sustained an earlier injury. Visible in this next photo is the dislodged off-side slidebar assembly. So he is now in the shops for care and attention. Number 30915 Schools class "Brighton" ran well, seen here running off the Northern Viaduct with a very light load. But she then shed a traction tyre, so also had to be removed from service for later attention. Deciding a beauty contest can be hard, but Dugald Drummond's T9s, nicknamed "Greyhounds", will always be strong contenders: The last photo shows an Adams Radial tank as the train engine with an M7 as pilot, passing Northdown Sidings:
  9. Thomas, Your civil engineering skills are fantastic. All the new infrastructure looks great, and I'm really looking forward to seeing photos of the trains running on it soon. Please make sure you post lots of pictures after the grand opening ceremony takes place (which must be quite soon, I think). Well done, and keep up the good work.
  10. That's Entertainment Today the DGR was delighted to welcome Hal and Joe to see the trains. As neither has reached their third birthday yet, it was an excuse to run some older, less delicate stock, so I dug out the battered Tri-ang BR green Class 37 no. D6830 and some Tri-ang Mk I coaches (very passable models for their day) - which seemed to keep the visitors happy. Afterwards, as everything was up and running, I decided to exercise the BR Standard 4MT and relax while watching it trundle past with a coal train. First the 37. Someone seems to have taken a bite out of its bodywork: Then the Class 4, here running onto Sycamore Curve: I noticed this year that the mind-your-own-business has managed to cross the line and is now growing on both sides of the track: Looks as if the fireman is taking a well-earned breather...
  11. Then The Grange paused with some coaches in the headshunt, admiring the signal controlling access to the main line... ...as King William IV ran past with an express to Paddington from the west Midlands and the Principality beyond: and later the King showed up again on another of those parcels trains:
  12. Going Great Western Visiting locomotives and rolling stock aren't exactly unusual on the DGR, but today was a bit of a first with some visiting signals. More specifically, some beautifully finished lower quadrant Ratio signals arrived (helpfully tailored to the DGR track plan), along with Julian's ever growing stock of realistically grubby GW-origin rolling stock. So we planted the signals and ran some trains. First out of the box is Resolven Grange, seen here just about to pull away from the Foxdale Bank distant: and here she is on a parcels train passing some fine signals somewhere west of Shrewsbury (note the bucket on the tender footplate)
  13. That's it! "Mind-your-own-business or baby’s tears, Soleirolia soleirolii (syn. Helxine soleirolii) is a creeping perennial with tiny rounded leaves. Despite looking pretty in cracks in paving, it re-grows from the smallest stem sections and can soon get out of control. It is especially difficult to control in the lawn."
  14. Thomas, Unfortunately I don't know what it is. I saw it in a friend's garden some years ago. It was growing in a dry and sunny spot, but I brought some home and, surprisingly, it has flourished in this mostly shady area too. It may be some kind of thyme. Sorry I can't help. Andrew
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