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

Now rapidly approaching my fifth 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 to two rascally mini-mes, and trying to fit in railway modelling 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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