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Rising From The Mud

Posted in Narrow Gauge on 2018-01-09 20:58:51

The more eagle-eyed reader of Puffing Billy's in-house magazine, 'Narrow Gauge', might have noticed a dramatically photo-shopped representation of Belgrave yard plateau lurking in the centre spread of last September's edition. The photo gave the impression of a clean, dry and level yard!

Sadly, at the time, this didn't reflect reality; the mud, the dirt, the hastily dug drainage channels to empty the puddles of oily water.

If you spend any time west of Swindon this summer, you are likely to bump into Mr Brunel.



On the bicentenary of the great engineer's birth, exhibitions and re-enactments abound and one or two Isambard Kingdom look-alikes are doing good business.



The diminutive genius didn't mind a row, and it would be intriguing to know what he would make of the controversy surrounding one of his most picturesque creations - the stretch of the Great Western Railway between Exeter and Plymouth.



Running towards Dawlish and Teignmouth, the line passes estuarine mud and sand flats dotted with sea birds and pleasure boats, while on the inland side the track is edged with red sandstone cliffs.

A NSW 44 B end double ended model

Posted in Model Railways on 2017-04-26 17:03:15

One of the more interesting locos that operated on the NSW rail ,if only for a very short time came about from the tragic accident  that occurred west of Parkes at Mellelea on the 26th October 1974.

Slow train to Saigon: Vietnam by rail

Posted in on 2018-06-18 11:50:24

A journey through history on a thousand-mile journey from Vietnam's north to south

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