A(nother) day out at Ironbridge

We’re lucky enough to live around half an hour away from this rather lovely place. Yesterday we headed back for another day out there and, after a good fudge cake at Truffles, turned left from the station car park and followed the old railway line for a mile or so to Jackfield. 

Plenty of hints and nods to the paths former use as the Coalport line on the way as well. After Jackfield – one of the pictures shows either the remains of a station platform or a loading dock – there was just two stops before Bridgnorth and the start of the wonderful SVR route. 

All in all, another good day out and an interesting walk. Then it was home to listen to England’s disappointing start to the Women’s Cricket World Cup before another short afternoon walk that saw us take in half an hours play at Newport Cricket Club. 

Added to the fact that on our walk we found the band room of the Jackfield Brass Band (3rd picture above) I had a rather good day that combined all of my major interests; railways, cricket and music. 

Oh… and I finished the day off with a beer or two. 



I could get used to this

The sun is out. Work is done for the day. A light breeze has crept in. We’ve just had a lovely al fresco evening meal and now we’re lazing in the garden as the cats frolic. I could get used to this. 

Oh… and I get married in 53 days. 

Life is good. 

What’s on my iPod?

Recently I’ve been listening to a lot of Foden’s Band CD. Hailing from South Cheshire and spending a lot of my banding years in and around Sandbach, Foden’s should – in all probability – feature higher up my list of bands I listen to. 

Yet it’s only recently they have. And I’m glad they now do. A couple of cheap eBay purchases of CDs from their Patrons Choice range, added to a few earlier volumes I already own mean I now have a wide range of their recordings. However, as my own musical tastes change (I much prefer major work discs to ‘in concert’ items) it is their CD Masquerade that I find myself returning to. Partita by Heaton and the title track (another stoned from Wilby) are worth the price alone on what is a quite stunning CD. In fact, I think I would go as far as saying it’s up there with YBS’ ‘Music of the Spheres’ disc in my all-time favourite major works discs. 

I’m already awaiting Foden’s next disc!

The dream

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If space and budget was no option the dream layout would be a station that is, now I’ve relocated, not a million miles away from me; Arley Station on the SVR.

It has a lot going for it. Firstly, the picture postcard location. It’s beautiful. The sloping, flower surrounded path on the platform for trains heading to Bridgnorth is rather splendid. The station building is imposing yet charming and the station is kept in excellent condition, with plenty of little details that are crying out to be modelled. There is a couple of sidings that adds shunting potential and play value, as well as the chance to model long trains – something space has never allowed me to do previously.

Amy and myself have often discussed future home plans (one step at a time though, we get married this summer) and I have been allowed a ‘man shed.’ Although this is mainly to get my train stuff out of the house it would also mean I have the space to build something such as Arley.

This is very much something I would see as a long term project. My first baby-steps would be to mock up some plans. The over bridge just south of the station is an obvious scenic break heading towards Kidderminster but the northern end would pose more problems.

Whether Arley will ever properly take off, I don’t know. However, it will remain a dream – my ‘forever’ layout.


A portable workbench

Recently I’ve had an urge to do some work on a few bits of rolling stock. However, having to head to the office and set everything up soon knocks all enthusiasm out of me. So I’ve got nothing done. 

Luckily, an early finish yesterday gave me a bit of spare time before Amy arrived home and I set to work creating something I’ve been thinking about for a while; a compact, mobile workbench.

No blow by blow account needed, it’s a box I had a set of acrylic paints in, an off cut of an old cutting mat and the paintbrush holder out of aforementioned box. It’s not quite finished yet but it is more or less there. Have a look at the pics. 

Quite pleased with how it’s turned out, particularly as it all folds away to take less space than an a5 sheet of paper. Perhaps that lonely 7 plank wagon will get the weathering I want it to receive after all!!