Chronicling the development of my Cambrian and Narrow Gauge 4mm scale model railway

Bluebell Dairies

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Those of you that know me on Facebook will know that tragically our family lost our cat last week.

Before Bluebell, I wasn’t a cat person, I was a dog person. I said that I’d only have a cat if it would sit on my shoulders, cos that’s cool.


As t’missus put it, “she was a pain in the arse, but she was our pain in the arse”.

And it’s true, she was. She frequently walked all over my keyboard if she thought I wasn’t doing my work properly, or sat on the desk in front of me so I couldn’t get at the computer, and generally got right in the way.

But we loved her, and we miss her.

I have a “thing” about making sure there are family connections in my model railways. I know many people are. There are plenty of locomotives with fictitious names made to appease the powers that be. Mine tend to go further than the immediate family though and I have a Hudson Bros wagon as my brother and sister in law in Australia are Hudson.


In this case, I intend Penlowry Junction to be adorned with a black and white station cat, but I have also decided that since my draft timetable has milk trains, Penlowry shall have a dairy and it will be named in her honour. I therefore have a couple of unpainted milk tankers on their way from Liverpool which will be painted appropriately. I have started the artwork design and will print suitable transfers.

Bluebell dairies transfers.png

And it will then look something like this:

Bluebell dairies tanker


Author: Chris H

Having now officially reached middle age, 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 to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling, assisting the GWR 1014 County of Glamorgan project, and visits to the top left hand corner of Wales. 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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