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30 years in the making!

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(For Pim & Bloomer) My hubb. has been painstakingly building this train, a 3.5 guage Britannia, purchased when our son was born,(now 31!) It is ALMOST there, as the song goes! Just a few tweeks he tells me and then it can be steamed up and ready to carry passengers at his local engineering soc. The club is open to the public every fortnight through the summer season and is situated on an allotment roughly an acre in size, (just wish they would let me do some planting!) and it is the most pleasant Sunday afternoon that you could wish to spend, just watching or riding! The atmosphere is wonderful, it is very safe and each time they open, rain or shine they have over 600/800 children, guardians, grandpas & nans, brothers, sisters, cousins, nephews, nieces, all queuing to buy tickets. Great fun. Oooh and the tea & cake is good too!


Britannia goes through a steam test!! It did pass.

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What a wonderful hobby ... almost as good as gardening :o)
I love steam trains ... who doesn't ? They bring back so many happy memories ....
If I lived nearer I would definately come along to some of those open days :o)

17 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks G.mage..Russell loves it..he knew it was Britannia before he read your description..and is very impressed with the skill and love,he has put into it..and the time..that is dedication...wish we lived nearer..it would be a definite visit .:o)) xx

17 Jun, 2012

 

So would I Hywel. What a brilliant achievement, there are some clever people about.

17 Jun, 2012

 

Fantastic...I don't think he wants to finish does he ? But he's doing a grand job. :))

17 Jun, 2012

 

I know this isnt about gardening, but we could have had a track going around our garden, another job that is on the list!!
Thanks Hywel, there is something about a steam train isnt there?
B. people of all ages ride on the train and they go every week because it is just a pleasant sunday afternoon thing to do! Thank you, I will pass on your hubbs. comments to Peter.
Stroller, thank you too, he does make lovely wooden toys too, for the granchildren, he says he has more time now but the time just flies!
Pim, you are right, but he says he is going to start another...............!

17 Jun, 2012

 

That's just brilliant Gill . . . no wonder it's a popular day out. Your hubby deserves all the praise he no doubt gets! Toot toot!!

17 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Sheila, i will pass on the 'toot toot' to Peter, he will be 'chuffed'!!!

17 Jun, 2012

 

30 years!! I was expecting a full size one ; ) but nice job

17 Jun, 2012

 

I was expecting a different topic when I read 30 years in the making Gill.....but this is wonderful as well!

17 Jun, 2012

 

Talk them into a few plants to soften it up and a perfect hobby for you all what lucky grandchildren to have such clever grandparents

17 Jun, 2012

 

Stevie.... a lifetime, he had to go to work in between all this now he is retired he is almost there!!
Lil...you are impossible! LOL
Pam, think I have enough to do really, my garden is more than enough to cope with! We are not clever at all, just like doing and making things, nowadays they just buy and throw away!

17 Jun, 2012

 

That's why you love me, right??? ;)))

17 Jun, 2012

 

"Was it Dick Emery who said ''ooh you are awful... but I like you"....
Did you get him across the pond there Lil?

17 Jun, 2012

 

No Pamg. The only ones I can think of at the moment are Jeremy Kyle, Piers Morgan, Gordon Ramsay and the folks from Little Britain. No wonder I've formed the opinions of you lot that I have! ;))))

17 Jun, 2012

 

Course we love you Lil!!
Pam, Dick Emery takes us back, not many folk remember him now and yes he did say that.
Lil, you are not remembering the very good folk, JK...awful prog.
Piers M. :~(
GR...does nothing but swear
and Little B.!!!!!!!

17 Jun, 2012

 

That is wonderful my little Nephew would love this

17 Jun, 2012

 

T says that's a massive achievement he knows the time, effort and patience he must have put into building this. :o))

17 Jun, 2012

 

Many hours H.b. blood, sweat, tears and tantrums!!and a whole lot of love.
Paul all little boys up to the age of 99, love it too!!

17 Jun, 2012

 

Dick emery,s been dead a long time but in his heyday was very funny....:0)

Oh Lil I do agree with Gran can't stand any of those you mentioned and its a shame we're inflicting them on you.....

If you want someone I really rate and that is David Attenborough, he' wonderful so knowlegable and such a nice man....... him and his brother Richard went to school locally, it was finding a fossil in the charnwood forest here that sparked his interest....

17 Jun, 2012

 

Thats an interesting fact Pam, you claim to fame eh?

17 Jun, 2012

 

that is FANTASTIC ~ what a very clever OH ~ he must be very patient!!

17 Jun, 2012

 

No worries Pam and Gill....I'm a lady!!! Um, puter says no.
Sorry, don't think less of me but I do love LB. Forgot to mention Monty Python!

17 Jun, 2012

 

Thanks Sticki, and yes he is a very patient, quiet, gentle man!
Lil, now i see where you humour comes from!

18 Jun, 2012

 

Lol, not quite Gill, maybe they use some of my material ;)
Not happy with the change of avatar :/ The other was much nicer!

18 Jun, 2012

 

Lol, think we said it would only be for a day!!! Might bring it back another time.

18 Jun, 2012

 

looking forward to that :)

18 Jun, 2012

 

Lovely to see the Britannia.
Well done on passing the test !

18 Jul, 2012

 

Thanks TT. OH is putting up his new workshop (blog will follow!) at the moment and then once he is settled in there (bed and all!) he can finally finish his life-time hobby!! Lol

18 Jul, 2012

 

"Britannia":- That's just fantastic!
A full sized class 7, "Oliver Cromwell" is one of many steam loco's which comes through York on a regular basis. Funny how so many ended up restored. Good old Dai Woodham!

26 Aug, 2012

 

Jb. the north yorkshire moors railway is our favourite line, we have also been on a steam ride from York to Scarborough but I cannot remember the loco! All I can say is God bless Dai, if he hadnt had saved the loco's we wouldnt be riding on them.

26 Aug, 2012

 

I have just found the reply on Colins page and have shown my hubby this blog. What a lot of patience he must have! Perhaps I should put pictures up for the men on here of his train room! Sorry I was late getting back to you.

8 Nov, 2012

 

No prob. Rose, I hope Colin liked Peters train, yes you do need loads of patience and Pete certainley has in fact he has started building another one!! Do put a blog on 'for the lads', they will love it :)

8 Nov, 2012

 

Yes, I think I will, Grandmage, as long as noone complains saying its a gardening site!

10 Nov, 2012

 

Its winter Rose........so no gardening can take place Lol!

10 Nov, 2012

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