Weekend Rails

what we do for our kids

Sunday, 03 August 2014 01:00

Of tin hats and Ford Fiestas

3rd August 2014

Now look, if you're expecting another report like last week, with drama and theatrics as 901 pounded up and down the ELR, I'm afraid you're going to be disappointed.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 20 July 2014 01:00

Of Grace and favours

20th July 2014

These weeks are anything but normal, though come to think of it, I don't know what is “normal” at the Briddon Country Pile. On Monday Steph and I headed back to darkest Norfolk to return our grandson from his long weekend with us, and although there was muttered talk of “doing some work at the shed after you get back” there wasn't really much chance of it.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 13 July 2014 01:00

Of Royalty and Damp Proofing

13th July 2014

After the frenetic activity of last week, a quiet interlude perhaps? Not a hope.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 06 July 2014 01:00

Of Le Grand Pour (Part Deux)

6th July 2014

I've had a couple of messages during the week from readers saying that they are enjoying the shed saga, and hopefully they should remain pleased as that will form the majority of the blog this week, I think. With Andrew back at work, progress has had to be maintained and with Andrew only there for some evenings, DPM and mesh were largely placed and prepared by Steph and I.

Published in 2014 Jul-Sep
Sunday, 29 June 2014 01:00

Of shuttering, sand and fuses

29th June 2014

Here we are, nearly half way through the year. The longest day has come and gone. Wimbledon is in full swing. This time last year we were digging a test hole for the Structural Engineer, seeing site clearance finally underway at Darley and refitting the repaired turbo to 14 901.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 22 June 2014 01:00

Of paperwork and platework

22nd June 2014

This weekend has had the patter of tiny feet resounding around the Briddon Country Pile, as our grandson has been up on a visit, and while in forthcoming times this may well be an excuse to go visit other railways, it will of necessity result in some curtailment of activities directly on the collection. Anyway, there's plenty to talk about this week.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 15 June 2014 01:00

Of making a mesh of things

15th June 2014

Today is our 40th wedding anniversary. Weeks ago I told a certain director who was planning out the loco rostering to keep the weekend clear just in case we wanted to do something to celebrate the occasion. But the wires got crossed, and I was rostered as usual on Saturday and have next weekend clear. Steph meanwhile, with pragmatic foresight (if you can have such a thing) had offered to help Lynn in the “Break Van” cafe at the railway today as it was the annual bus-rally. But I am not entirely mean and miserly – I bought her a lemon muffin.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 08 June 2014 01:00

Of blocks, boxes and bunnies

8th June 2014

Who in their right mind nominates Friday the 13th as the day to start laying concrete? Well, we have, and to be honest, it'll be touch and go if we're ready in time.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 01 June 2014 01:00

Of visitors, submersible pumps and driving tests

1st June 2014

Monday was Bank Holiday and the gala continued at Peak Rail, but as I said last week we had a VIP due so once we got onto site we dragged Ashdown around to a water hose outside the shed, and having replaced the suspect drain tap on the water pump with a plug, started to fill up.

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
Sunday, 25 May 2014 01:00

Of a landmark

25th May 2014

200th

According to the counting system within the software that runs Weekend Rails, this is the 200th edition of the blog, which began back in July 2010 on Railnuts. It has become a part of the Briddon family tradition over that time: indeed, we often find ourselves hunting back through it as a means of checking dates when things happened. If you are a new reader, feel free to trip back down my memory lane. If you have been with me for all or most of that time – well, I'm touched, but you should consider getting out more!!

Published in 2014 Apr-Jun
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