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Swift Sixteen seats

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At the Perrygrove Vintage day they were running Heywood wagons with people sat inside.   Having just bought a set of seats from Swift Sixteen the obvious modification was to marry up the Heywood wagon with the seats.


Trains to Usk

The Last Passenger train To Usk

(Pic: C J Gammell October 12th,1957)
On the way to Cwmbran we travelled via Usk and always on the lookout for railway relics  quite a bit of the railway from Usk to Little Mill junction is apparent.  Last weekend the euromillions jackpot was £101million.

But we did not win otherwise  I would have spent a few million on the track bed there and two Parry People Movers and  what a garden railway that could be!

Let it Snow

I have just completed fitting the Swift Sixteen Snowplough and what an easy job!

The donor van was a standard Playmobil covered van.  Firstly the buffers were removed and the Buffer beam drilled to take two self tapping screw to attach the Plough. The Coupling was also sawn off and kept as it will be used somewhere else.  The back of the snowplough was carved out to enable it to sit on the buffer stocks at the right height.  Once this was achieved the plough was attached to the Playmobil Chassis by two long self tapping screws. The Van body was replaced and a third self tapping screw fixed high up in the van body to eliminate any flexing between the plough and the Van.  At this stage the Snowplough was seriously nose heavy but I have a stock of Heavy metal blocks which I secured to the Van floor at the other end making the whole unit extremely stable and weighing 2.750 Kg.

All that is wanted now is a fall of snow!


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Swift Sixteen Snowplough

Last Winter I cleared the snow with a dustpan and a hand brush. I thought this is not the way to run a Railway and I must make a Snowplough.  Trawling for ideas I came across Swift Sixteen’s lovely cast resin Snowplough.

A quick email and I was offered one in an Hour.  However a delightful trip to Cwmbran to see Rob and his fabulous 16mm workshop resulted in this delightful piece.

Hay on Wye

We went to Hay on Wye for the day and walked down to the river and the old station site

Thoughts: ……..the line to Hereford was closed as it was losing £1,000 a month, £12,000 a year and the whole of the infrastructure ripped up with haste.

 Had they left the track in situ for the festivals… The literary festival alone attracts 100,000 visitors per year over the last 25 years = 2.5million visitors

 If 10% arrived by train =250,000 Rail Passengers at an average £20 return fare extra from Hereford equates to £5million in revenue.

 Whose Business plan did not factor this in! and that is just one weekend. God Bless you Dr Beeching.

Binnie Engineering Wagon

Whilst at Llanfair Garden Railway Show I bought this Hudson Tipper Wagon Kit from Binnie Engineering which was delightfully simple to put together. I just need another dozen!

August Freight


A Nice August day so run a few empty flats around  everything Playmobil. A couple of these have steel wheels fitted and anti bounce springs on the Playmobil weighted couplings which guarantees they do not uncouple when you don’t want them to.

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