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Butterley Garden Railway "Winter Warmer" 7-01-18

Douglas
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Joined: 9:42 PM - Jul 28, 2010

11:29 PM - Jan 09, 2018 #1

Hi again.

Another regular haunt had been neglected for about three months and before then, about four months. On a long weekend off and no major plans
 I decided to head upto Butterley, travelling by public transport [fitting everything including my camera!] into the hefty, large and difficult-to-steal battle bag.

It was a cold, chilly day with plenty of ice and hoar frost but with sunny skies and no breeze, a brilliant winter's day for steaming. We had a variety of locos out and an inauguration of a finally-completed rake of carriages.

Some battery locos were out mostly on the branch line. Playmobil locos have been found to fit 45mm gauge!


This diesel is also, believe it or not, on Playmobil chassis! The coaches are Newqidas, altered only by addition of heavier steel wheels.



No.4 Fennec was the loco of choice, especially given the new carriages...





....a fully complete, matching set of Ron Grant-built Talyllyn Railway vintage carriages, proper models of 1,2,3,4 and van 5.




Carriceth Castle out, ran first to melt the ice on the tracks.


Fennec standing in the Sun



A green, unnamed Bertie out on the branch with a stone goods...



Some American G Scale came out to play too!



The Complete Talyllyn RG rake - van 5, 4 'Limping Lulu' [these are very rare!], 3 [shorter and taller] and then the twinset of 2 and 1. My original 1, 3 and v5 have been repainted into a much more bright red to match the new 2 and 4. As a result it makes for a much more authentic Talyllyn-liviered rake.





An Accucraft Ragleth was making plenty of steam








A Brace of Berties...


Older Lady Anne "Tudsbury" arrived later on to make for a gallant steaming...


Crossover of English Goods, Welsh Passenger



Carol, a Millie came out to play


Fennec still sprinting around when Tudsbury the LA had handed over to the Ragleth






Winter Wanderings...



Carol and her belated 'Christmas train' [with lights!]



Fennec with -its- new rake of coaches. As heir to the Mantle, it inherited the TR Ron Grant rake...




Finally, as I had travelled by public transport, I was able to go for a relaxing drink afterwards. Butterley is 1 fast bus, 30mins trip, to Derby city centre. A 10min wait then another bus for a 3min trip to the railway station. 2mins walk from the Station is a railway pub: The Brunswick Inn. It's an 'old man' style pub, with lots of ales and ciders on choice and has its own brewery in house. It stocks commercial, guest and own-brew ales, all of which are excellent! The Brunswock Inn comes highly recommended for on the travels, or if you've bene upto Midland Railway Centre :D It allowed me an opportunity to clean and polish Fennec after a good day's running over a couple of pints ;)




Two thumbs up indeed for what was a grand day out wandering in the winter. Yes, my hands got cold but my little loco kept them warm!

The rest of the album can be found HERE --> https://flic.kr/s/aHsm92aSPE
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Mamman
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11:13 AM - Jan 10, 2018 #2

 
     Thanks for the great pictures. You must be very dedicated for all that changing of transport to get there and then operating the locos with freezing fingers !

     I've limited myself to  O gauge for the simple fact that I can have a permanent  layout in my shed and at low cost for track.

    I particularly like the Talyllyn rolling stock, they really have a charm about them.

                                      Chris.
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tiger1john
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12:42 PM - Jan 10, 2018 #3

Is a great post, packed with information, very readable and interesting. Thank you. And I note the bar has some pretty decent whiskeys...nice
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Stoker
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Joined: 4:23 PM - Feb 23, 2010

12:06 AM - Jan 11, 2018 #4

Utterly Fantastic Douglas ... as all your jaunts, outings, photos and postings tend to be!!!
Are we having fun yet?
Yeow!
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Douglas
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Joined: 9:42 PM - Jul 28, 2010

1:39 AM - Jan 11, 2018 #5

Stoker wrote: Utterly Fantastic Douglas ... as all your jaunts, outings, photos and postings tend to be!!!
Thanks Stoker, glad to see the reports are still appreciated. More to come from the archives if requested.
tiger1john wrote: Is a great post, packed with information, very readable and interesting. Thank you. And I note the bar has some pretty decent whiskeys...nice
Thanks John - I tried just text and a 'link to album' but it didn't seem to be very well received, so I trialled directlinking highlights of the day then a link to the full album. It appears to have been better received. :) The bar is The Brunswick Inn, in Derby city centre. Its ale range is brilliant and it brews its own beers to boot, well recommended.
Mamman wrote:  
     Thanks for the great pictures. You must be very dedicated for all that changing of transport to get there and then operating the locos with freezing fingers !

     I've limited myself to  O gauge for the simple fact that I can have a permanent  layout in my shed and at low cost for track.

    I particularly like the Talyllyn rolling stock, they really have a charm about them.

                                      Chris.
Thanks Chris - 2 buses and a train taking 1hr 40min all going well is pretty light compared to what I had to used to do to get to Butterley. I can appreciate a strain, maybe, but driving can sometimes take it out of you as well. Operating the locos was all part of the fun - gassed and lit in the warmth of the clubhouse then quickly carried outside meant that the cold couldn't play havoc once lit :)

The Tallyho stock I keep for the 16mm Association heritage sake. I believe I did a thread on the original rake [with the 1, 3 and 5, but with two freelancers] and may have to find and update it.
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gen3v8
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6:41 AM - Jan 11, 2018 #6

Very COOL! Both meanings of the word.
Dave

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pauly
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Joined: 4:46 PM - Apr 11, 2008

6:53 AM - Jan 13, 2018 #7

Did you not know Playmobil was gauged to 45mm?

The very first playmobil railway sets, the ones that ran off track power actually used LGB track licensed to playmobil.
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