So there's the idea. Make a model of a small, struggling, working railway museum with an odd collection of coaches and engines.
One prerequisite agreed with Mrs fbb is that the layout should look OK. To help that "look" an offcut of plastic patio grass was sourced via the internet and duly delivered to sunny Seaton.
In due course!
** For the benefit of our overseas readers, the UK pound used to be divided into twenty shillings each of twelve pence (or pennies). On 15th February 1971 this excellent but occasionally baffling system was swept away and replaced with the same pound but with 100 (new) pence. Older Brits have never really got used to the new fangled decimal money thus struggling with prices like £2.87 but being blissfully happy to cope with the delights of two pound sevnteen 'n' thruppence apeknee.
And P.S. : Buffers second hand corner has a Hornby R1, dating from mid 1960s, for £40!
For many years the South Eastern Railway (SER) had possessed very few locomotives designed for shunting. When trains were to be shunted, this was usually carried out any locomotive which happened to be idle at the time, which was often unsuitable; and sometimes this caused delays to other trains which should have been run using the commandeered locomotive. In 1887 it was decided to introduce a class of 0-6-0T locomotives specifically for shunting and for hauling local goods trains. The R class locomotives were designed by James Stirling as a new class, and 25 were built at Ashford Works between 1888 and 1898.
Later in their lives, they were probably most famous for working in multiple, hauling heavy boat trains up the hill from Folkestone Harbour station.
The listing on ES Group’s website states that potential buyers must register an expression of interest for the business and assets before 5pm tomorrow (i.e. Friday).
A meeting is being held in Summercourt at 1pm today (i.e. Thursday), where staff are expected to hear more about the situation from the company’s managing director, Mark Howarth.