Category Archives: Train Visits – 15 inch Ridable Trains

R H & D R loco lent to R & E – which translated means that the Romney Hythe and Dymchurch Railway lent a locomotive to the Ravebglass and Eskdale Railway

When we got back to Ravenglass we dived into the gift shop where my first acquisition was a Ravenglass and Eskdale DVD. Then I saw this amazing pottery train thingy: I sneaked a peak at the bottom to see the … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Leave a comment

Ravenglass and Eskdale Railway

Question 1 – where is Ravenglass? Question 2 – Where is the Lake District? Hadrian’s Wall was a defensive fortification against the Scots in Roman Britain begun in AD 122 during the rule of emperor Hadrian.  In addition to its … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Leave a comment

Britain’s Narrow Gauge Railways

I bought this book to read on the plane on the way home from our vacation in England. I, predictably, fell asleep on the plane and it remained unread until very recently. Whilst in England we rode on four narrow … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Leave a comment

Bure Valley Railway – a 15 inch gauge railway in Norfolk, England

The 15 inch gauge Bure Valley Railway runs nine miles from Wroxham to Aylsham. The railway is built on the trackbed of the East Norfolk Railway which started in 1877.  Wife Sarah and had a wonderful visit accompanied by Sarah’s … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Leave a comment

Brunel, The Man who Built the World by Steven Brindle

I was sitting on an ornate bench in Windsor Station when I started looking up and around me. I had just finished visiting The Queen (a loco – see two blogs down) and the rain was pattering on the roof. … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Leave a comment

Beyer Garratts of the Ferrocarril Austral Fueguino – The Railway at the end of the world

Whilst wife Sarah and I were visiting the South Devon Railway (see post below) I spent some time in the model shop on the platform talking to the locals and visitors alike. I handed out about 15 of my cards … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Comments Off

Sir Arthur Percival Heywood, 3rd Baronet (25 December 1849 – 19 April 1916) builder of 15” railroads some of which are housed at Perrygrove in England

I really like this guy. He lived in what might be described as the golden age of railways. He was trained as an engineer and was wealthy enough to indulge in his hobby to the full – fifteen inch railways. … Continue reading

Posted in Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Comments Off

Accucraft Trains’ Live Steam 0-4-0 “Dora” and the Launceston Steam Railway located in Launceston, Cornwall, England

Our vacation “back east” for the holiday season with the kids was really great. I was a lucky boy (boy? 71 this month!) and got several train books and magazines as presents. I can assure you that there is nothing … Continue reading

Posted in Locomotives, Train Visits - 15 inch Ridable Trains | Comments Off