Where Is Wadhurst? and Why
Friday 1 July 2022
Missing Miniature Mystery (1)
The mapping web site "Where's The Path" - fbb's fave - doesn't think it exists; but Streetmap does!
And there it is, on the wiggly railway line between London and Hastings. As you would expect, the station is some distance from the settlement from which the station takes its name. Both are in East Sussex.
The next problem was caused by an item for sale in one of Seaton's Antique shops, a sign which fbb spotted as he went for coffee with "the girls" (all aged!) last Saturday.
fbb's encycloaedic but rapidly decaying leeedle Poirotesq brain cells could not dredge up a Birchley Railway.
YouTube offered a few videos, this from 1989. We first get a trackside view, then take a ride round as a passenger.It is worth the five minutes plus to appreciate this delightful layout.
But where is it? One source suggested Biddenden in Kent ...
For the record, Google Maps seems confused. It shows "house" against some farm buildings and "farm" against the big house.
Further on-line searches brought a clue.
Birchley Railway Open Day 4 August
Birchley railway is up for sale and our estate agent is trying his best to find a buyer – see our website www.birchleyrailway.com
In consequence Sunday’s Open Day may well be the last under the present management. Depending on whether the future owner wishes to keep the railway running is an unknown factor and all the equipment may be removed sometime soon.
Our Final Day will be supporting Action Duchenne again. Duchenne’s disease is a form of Muscular Dystrophy which affects only young boys who rarely reach 20 years of age.
Please come and help us support this really worthwhile Charity.
There will be a barbecue and refreshments including Jennifer’s home made cakes (Eat your heart out Mary Berry).
Free parking and unlimited train rides
Admission Adults £5; Children £2.50; Family 2+2 £12.50
Other interesting stands arranged by Action Duchenne themselves.
See you Sunday,
August 4th fell on a Sunday in 2013 and 2019. Is that a clue?
Matford Models 2
Of course, end-to-end layouts are fascinating, but often with less happening. One example at the Exeter show was a substantial model in "P4".
Protofour or P4 is a set of standards for model railways allowing construction of models to a scale of 4 mm to 1 foot (1:76.2), the predominant scale of model railways of the British prototype.
The P4 standards specify a scale model track gauge of 18.83 mm for standard gauge railways. The standards were published in Model Railway News by the Model Railway Study Group in August 1966.
Just as in the prototype railway, on a model the wheel-rail interface is the fundamental aspect of reliable operation. So as well as a track gauge, P4 also specifies the wheel profile and track parameters to use, which are largely a scaled-down version of real-life standards with some allowances for practical manufacturing tolerances.
The accurate track gauge and scale sleeper spacing does look much better than conventional OO gauge (16.5mm). Contrast and compare P4 ...... with OO.As well as striving for accuracy, you would need to fit P4 wheel sets to all rolling stock and locos.
The layout has used a neat touch to save too much trackwork, namely a double track line that has been "singled", the reduction to one track including a bridge ...
Models of real locations are rare, largely because real locations are large. This is an N gauge (9mm track) representation of a location not too far from the Marford exhibition centre.
And fbb Nearly Forgot ...
Tomorrow - more on both topics.
Auntie Frances to the Rescue
The withdrawal of Stagecoach 9A between Seaton and Lyme Regis is a big cut, removing an hourly service ...
Next Miniature Mystery & Modelling blog : Sat 2nd July