Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 17 June 2018 21:06

Of a Father's Day trip out

17th June 2018

Father's Day, huh? So my son and I go to North Wales - just. A day out, all expenses paid? Nah!

Published in 2018 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 28 January 2018 21:48

Of rock salt and hydraulic oil

28th January 2018

Some weeks in this saga mark significant milestones. Others just little stepping stones. This week's is much in tune with the former, as Andrew became equipped to transport a proportion of his fleet (not the heavier ones, yet) on his own low-load trailer.

Published in 2018 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 08 October 2017 23:31

Of a tale of two specials

8th October 2017

You wait ages for a special train and then two come at once. Well OK, not quite at once, but on the same day. So anyway...

Published in 2017 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 10 September 2017 21:22

Of ramp at the ready

10th September 2017

14901 is still on holiday in Old Oak. It was supposed to be collected on Wednesday, but early on in the week it was apparent that Reids would have to reschedule so what was the last exhibit to arrive at the Open Day looks like being the last to depart.

IMG 3443 blog

Published in 2017 Jul-Sep
Monday, 24 July 2017 06:00

Of Crewe, Severn and South Wales

23rd July 2017

No, not a hitherto unknown Col Stephens type railway but a selection of visitors that have passed through our doors this week.

Published in 2017 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 08 January 2017 22:31

Of a long first week

8th January 2017

I thought I'd start off this week with a service announcement. If you are a Virgin Media customer, you may have had difficulty getting in to Weekend Rails for the last month or so. A while ago somebody tried to hack in to Weekend Rails from a VM account, and the security software banned their IP address. But as Virgin Media uses a generic IP address, it effectively banned all of VM from access.

Published in 2017 Jan-Mar
Sunday, 25 December 2016 19:14

Of a Conflat Christmas

25th December 2016

That's it, all over for another year. Presents have all been opened, food consumed to excess, and now it's back out for the Sales for all those things that were priced twice as much only yesterday.

Published in 2016 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 06 December 2015 00:00

Of Thelma and Louise's road trip

6th December 2015

December is upon us, and all around houses are lit up with garish lights, a large Christmas tree has appeared at the crossroads by Station Road, and tinsel and twee models of Santa and reindeer will shortly be taking over shop windows. It's not just that at my age Christmas has lost its freshness – I just have to tell myself it's for the kiddiewinkles anyway – but heavens, on our Freesat service there's been a channel broadcasting 100% Christmas tosh since... well it seems like forever now but it was probably about the beginning of November.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 29 November 2015 00:00

Of rain, wind and heaters

29th November 2015

There really ought to be a fanfare at the beginning of this week's blog. Not because there is some magic number (actually it's the 282nd edition) nor interval to celebrate, but rather, the cladding contractors have done their job and departed.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
Sunday, 22 November 2015 00:00

Of visitors

22nd November 2015

You don't hear much about the Pipeline Industries Guild. Well I certainly hadn't, and still wonder why they stick with the name when its initials cannot be seen as being entirely complementary. But I got to hear a bit about it this week as Steph and I ventured north to Edinburgh.

Published in 2015 Oct-Dec
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