Category Archives: Locomotives

Bulldog on a Stopper


Bulldog 4-4-0 3399 ‘Ottawa’ entering the station with a stopping train consisting of a GWR B-Set, Fruit Van and ex-LNWR Brake/1st/3rd (through coach Liverpool-Southampton). Engine could do with a dusting (or I could eradicate the woodworm in the garage roof).

Loco Excess


Unrealistically large number of locomotives in Wychminster station, as seen by a passing pigeon. The line is obviously not worked on the one engine-in-steam principle.

City at Work


3714 ‘City of Gloucester’ heads out of Wychminster on a train of GWR Brown stock.

In the heat of the garage


Several months have passed and the railway is now into its full panoply of heat-induced failures – a point motor here, a section control there; all the joys of garage-based modelling and a bit of summer warmth. Consequently nothing much moves and the driver of 2357 is being a tad optimistic if he thinks the goods yard starter is going to be pulled off anytime soon.

Another Twin Mites Picture


2357 in the goods yard with the twin mites and a load of logs.

Twin Mites


The latest addition to the freight stock, GWR Twin Mites (Mite was the GWR’s telegraph code for 4-wheel single bolster wagons). These should slot in nicely to my wood yard operations.

Watch out for pigeons


If you don’t want pigeon muck on your head, avoid lamp posts.

2357 in the goods yard


2357 shunting in the goods yard. Still haven’t painted that coupler and I’ve just noticed, after owning this loco for about ten years, that it’s missing its buffer beam number as per GWR practise. Another little job.

Journey’s End


4365 comes to rest at the end of the main platform with a stopping train from Andover Junction. The express fruit van could be a returning empty awaiting a new consignment of fruit and veg from the Vale of Evesham or it could be carrying new potatoes from Jersey or watercress from Hampshire.

Double-headed 4-4-0s


3714 double-heads with 3399, a pair of 4-4-0s hauling a parcels train and an excuse for me to clear an excess of locomotives from the station.