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Chronicling the development of my 5-gauge 4mm scale model railway with a few off-topic insights thrown in for free

Fifty years volunteering

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My uncle reached the milestone of having volunteered on the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway for 50 years. This is something to celebrate. So we did. On a train. With real ale. It really doesn’t get any better than that.

My parents hired a cottage for the weekend near Cullingworth and so on the Saturday we drank beer and on the Sunday we went walking on the Great Northern Railway Trail, a disused part of the Great Northern Railway. Possibly a theme to this weekend. Subtle, but you may notice it.

Anyway, here are a few pics from the weekend.

 

Our steed for the day, the SD160. Its whistle reminds me of a much missed American lco on the Ffestiniog...

Our steed for the day, the SD160. Its whistle reminds me of a much missed American lco on the Ffestiniog…

The prototype diesel -electric shunter Vulcan. BR missed its potential, the Worth Valley did not.

The prototype diesel -electric shunter Vulcan. BR missed its potential, the Worth Valley did not.

The Volcano is back! Celebrating the original name, the newly outshopped SpamCan will carry the name Wells for 9 months until being renamed "City of Wells"

The Volcano is back! Celebrating the original name, the newly outshopped SpamCan will carry the name Wells for 9 months until being renamed “City of Wells”

"A great railway," says a friend of mine, "about one pint long!"

“A great railway,” says a friend of mine, “about one pint long!”

Mini-me watching the coal tank and GNR coach at the Vintage Carriages Trust at Ingrow.

Mini-me watching the coal tank and GNR coach at the Vintage Carriages Trust at Ingrow.

No 72. I do like the USA tanks. Ugly but they mean business.

No 72. I do like the USA tanks. Ugly but they mean business.

A walk along the Great Northern Trail is possible for most people

A walk along the Great Northern Trail is possible for most people

The two viaducts at Cullingworth are spectacular

The two viaducts at Cullingworth are spectacular

Members of my family posing for the travel guide (no, not really)

Members of my family posing for the travel guide (no, not really)

This is a great piece of Victorian engineering

This is a great piece of Victorian engineering

Trying a bit of filtering on my phone

Imagine if the KWVR extended from Haworth…

Until next time...

Until next time…

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Author: Chris H

Now in my fourth decade, I am a rolling stock engineer and have worked in many different locations including a 7 year spell in Sydney, Australia, where I arrived with a suitcase and left with a wife and a son. I am now based back in my home county of Yorkshire where I juggle full time work, being a Dad, and trying to fit in railway modelling and visits to volunteer on the Ffestiniog Railway. In addition to my heavily railway themed life, I am interested in rugby, cricket, reading crime novels, falconry, and medieval re-enactments.

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