Beatles Eurostar – First Run

It took nearly a month but the Beatles Yellow Submarine Eurostar has had it’s first live run.
.. As the train is quite long and Burton Phoenix, the current OO gauge layout is end to end, it was a case of using the ‘deploying the train set on lounge rug’ approach.

The Livery is quite excellent, and different on both sides as can be seen here:

Presents under the Christmas Tree

A ‘surprise’ present from Santa for me and the wife from under the Christmas Tree…
… A Beatles themed Eurostar Trainset..

Believe it of not is really for both of us.. My Misses is a train lover – and more importantly a bit of a Hippy..

.. Running photographs to follow…

Early Christmas Presents for Stowey Green

I have managed to get some of the increasingly rare Hornby ‘Lyddle End’ End Gauge Cottages for the Stowey Green Layout.

… I am working on the scenery of Stowey Green, so more pictures of what has been happening – including the new cottages will be here soon.

Llanfair PG Wagon Collection Complete !!!

I have finally been able to track down a Yellow Llanfair PG wagon to complete my ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch‘ set…

The 2 Blue ones are the originals I bought from the Hornby concessions shop near the railway station in question.

.. Now it’s time to carry on with some Proper railway modelling…

Llanfair PG Wagon Collection proceeding nicely

So far I have managed to get 4 of what I believe is 5 versions of the ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch‘ wagons Hornby made as a concession item..
So I have added Green and Red versions to my current Blue and Brown ones …So just the yellow one to go…

OK a slightly crazy obsession – but they are not very expensive….

An LMS 3f Goods Loco arrives at Burton

Courtesy of a sale at Rails of Sheffield comes this rather charming Bachmann 3F Goods Loco.
It’s a real ‘workaday’ loco – over 700 like this were made – but none were preserved.

Simple livery – but amazing cab detail

New Arrival at Burton Phoenix – A new wagon with rather a long name…

I live not so far from the Welsh village with ‘The Name’ … Originally called ‘Llanfairpwllgwyngyll’ or Llanfair PG … but given its new name for very effective promotional purposes in the 1860s – the famous
Which means “Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of the white hazel near the rapid whirlpool and the Church of Saint Tysilio of the red cave”.

I have had a Blue Hornby Wagon with the name on for some time, purchased from a shop in the village. I decided to see if there were any more variations/colours made, and, as usual in circumstances like these ‘Ebay is your friend’..
So… a rather attractive Red/Brown version at a good price has been added to the collection..

.. It looks like there are also green and yellow versions .. which I have to confess has tempted me to get the set.. Obviously signs that I must get out more..

Model shop visit!!

Last week I made my first visit to a model shop since all this lock down started. Rhuddlan Models (
.. I needed some ‘N Gauge’ ballast and decided it was time to support the local shop rather than go online now they are open again.
While I was there I also took advantage of this amazing bargain of a used Hornby Lyddle End barn to add to Stowey Green