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October Battery and Steam on the Princely-Summerton Line 2020

 

The final planned steamup, and switchon, for 2020 on the Princely-Summerton Railway was blessed once more with sunshine and good company. The 'Two Moors Group' lads met up with those of the 'Taw & Torridge Battery Electric Group' for a last run around the line before being publicly mothballed for the winter.
I will, of course, be running an occasional special during the hungry months to keep the railway functioning for our return in early Spring. Wotlark's Travelling Funfair again provided amusement - now a little larger in complexity with the recently added 'Electric

Yachts'...enough to shake anyone's loose change free for the picking. Pat's newly acquired gleaming Roundhouse Fowler 'Ding Dong Mine No. 1', embellished with all manner of extras, made its inaugural run, together with an eclectic assortment of steamers and whirrers brought along by Arthur, Neil and Paul. Freshly baked Cornish pasties were served during the afternoon and the time was enjoyed chatting, putting the world to rights, but most importantly 'not worrying 'bout a thing'...hence the appropriate musical seasoning. Social distancing was just about successful. Lovely 'Angela' was also flagged down to open the filmed proceedings (aka the theme from the American TV sitcom 'Taxi'). My funfair includes the recycling or upcycling of waste materials wherever possible. This is not model engineering, but instead an intention to simply capture the colour, sounds, music and fun of a village fair - an uplifting antidote to this year's depressing months. As a truly travelling fair it's already brought grins and smiles to 16mil colleagues in the West Country...and so the project continues to grow towards, hopefully, happier times to match in the future Yachts'...enough to shake anyone's loose change free for the picking. Pat's newly acquired gleaming Roundhouse Fowler 'Ding Dong Mine No. 1', embellished with all manner of extras, made its inaugural run, together with an eclectic assortment of steamers and whirrers brought along by Arthur, Neil and Paul. Freshly baked Cornish pasties were served during the afternoon and the time was enjoyed chatting, putting the world to rights, but most importantly 'not worrying 'bout a thing'...hence the appropriate musical seasoning. Social distancing was just about successful. Lovely 'Angela' was also flagged down to open the filmed proceedings (aka the theme from the American TV sitcom 'Taxi'). My funfair includes the recycling or upcycling of waste materials wherever possible. This is not model engineering, but instead an intention to simply capture the colour, sounds, music and fun of a village fair - an uplifting antidote to this year's depressing months. As a truly travelling fair it's already brought grins and smiles to 16mil colleagues in the West Country...and so the project continues to grow towards, hopefully, happier times to match in the future.

 

September steam on the P&SR 2020

With the end of September 2020 rapidly approaching, Saturday 26th was set aside for another agreeable joint get together of the 16mil 'Two Moors' and 'Taw & Torridge Battery Electric' groups on the Princely-Summerton line in North Devon. Slightly less in number - just five of us this time - our very pleasant afternoon unfortunately soon passed but, crucially, with no calamities along the line! My track laying - though questionable in many places (the opening scene, and other sections, would compete well with any Devon farm lane) - was strongly adhered to by even the most energetic of our steam chariots. A glass of non-alco plonk was raised to the memories of, sadly lost and greatly missed, late 16mil Association members Jim Wild and Paul Cambridge. From wherever they might be looking down, we hope both continue to enjoy these occasions too. A round of hot dogs completed our enjoyment. I picked my 'Piano Man' track (composer: Billy Joel) from the backing music department as I felt its relaxed mood suited the occasion well. Most of our events are relaxed so I shall soon need to top up with that particular mood genre smartish-like!

 

On a chilly mid-April Sunday 16mmNGM members met at Sourton Village Hall, near Okehampton, for one of Ted Dixon's excellently organised steam-ups. Many thanks go to Ted, and the ladies who organised an impressive lunch.

 


 

 

August 8th 2020. Members of the 16mm:1ft scale 'Two Moors' Group enjoy a relaxing day at the Wigley Cross Light Railway. A surprise visit by part of Wotlark's travelling amusements prompted a few extra smiles from the loco operators. Visit www.steamnotes.weebly.com - home of Wotlark's Travelling Funfair, an ongoing project.

Just two days before the renewed anti-Covid crowd crunching regs allowed just six souls to congregate, a meeting at Arthur Cole's neatly maintained 'Wigley Cross Light Railway' was a much welcomed event for members of the 16mm 'Two Moors', 'Taw & Torridge Battery Electric' and 'Central Somerset' groups. The day was so relaxing I have to apologise for being a little too lax and not managing to capture clips of every engine that ran - and there were a good few. Additional catering to our personally 'brung' lunch boxes was generous to a fault thanks to the Management's warm hospitality. The clouds cleared, the sun shone, the cows in the adjoining field looked on with their usual disinterest and the trains ran with only one or two niggling technical gremlins. All in all a thoroughly enjoyable September Saturday 12th before numbers were once more restricted by law on Monday 14th. Wotlark's Travelling Funfair was once again present in answer to Arthur's invitation, though the 'Calypso' was sadly absent due to it being back in the workshop for a necessary tightening up of its technology. Oh, and I'm afraid I got my end credit 'Genie' slightly screwed - it should have been 'Genie With The Light Brown Lamp'...my apologies to the Shadows. For more details and videos about Wotlark's Travelling Funfair, a project partly, but gloriously, embracing the use of upcycled 'junk'

 

Late August, a sunny afternoon, good company, and plenty of action...here's a cab view ride of things as they currently stand on the Princely-Summerton 16mm:1ft Railway. The scenic content of my layout is compressed into an area viewed easily from the conservatory, so it's rather like having a traditional model railway layout to look at whilst enjoying the comfort of an armchair and a cup of tea. Much of the remainder of the run has no scenic treatment and serves simply as 'the rest of the world', apart that is from a hidden corner behind the workshop which features a manic display of donated Playmobil ephemera...just for the fun of it. For our late August run on the P&SR an eclectic array of transport was brought out, some obviously the result of neatly created lockdown modelling, performing their stuff for our 16mil Association members of both the 'Two Moors' group, and the 'Taw & Torridge Battery Electric' group, here in North Devon. Adding further to the colour and movement, my recently developed 'Wotlark's Travelling Funfair' was again set up to entertain at Strawhill Meadow - an ample 'grassed' area designated specifically for the accommodation of occasional side events...or the grazing of a herd of plastic cows between gigs. Displaying the Railway's usual hospitality, the afternoon included a simple barbeque for good measure, and the ever handy self-serve tea, coffee and soft drinks facility at 'Pete's Hut' kept everyone suitably lubricated. We all look forward again to the next steam-up or switch-on at the P&SR, hopefully in late October. One or two new funfair rides might, in the meantime, have also been completed

 

 

The "Two Moors" Group of 16mil railway modellers in Devon try out their newly acquired portable layout in Sourton Community Hall. Transferred from a Group "up North" the general consensus is that the layout ticks all the boxes for excellent multiple running of both live steam and battery powered locos, with plentiful passing loops, sidings and spurs for prepping locos and holding trains. Nice one Simon!

 

 

Sunshine, good company, a Devonshire cream tea and easy going railfaring on the Mole Valley Tramway, held by the Two Moors Group, and Taw & Torridge Battery Electric Group, of 16mm narrow gauge modellers, on Saturday 25th May 2019. Thanks go to Paul for a great afternoon, and to Ms James for the delicious cream tea. Good luck with the MVT's continuing refurbishment www.steamnotes.weebly.com

 

 

A meeting of Devonshire-based 16mil modellers at Sourton Village Hall. Thanks to Ted Dixon for organising yet another enjoyable day, and much appreciation to the ladies for the catering. A mix of steam and battery power ran, but apologies if I missed any whilst chatting (we do a lot of that too!) Sorry about the phantom soundtrack at the end which I ommited to delete. A 3D stereo version of this video is also now uploaded...

 

On a 2019 sunny May afternoon, the Taw & Torridge Battery Electric Group and the Two Moors Group, both of the 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Association, get together for a session on Pete Chandler's 'Princely-Summerton Railway'. This video is one of the last to include the late Jim Wild, who sadly passed away in September 2019*. Jim's 'Colonel Bloodnok' is very much in evidence cycling around the line, and I do hope that Jim's widow Pat will allow us to repeat that fond remembrance by way of Cln. B's energetic peddling from time to time, of Jim's devotion to the hobby, and his great contribution to the enjoyment of our 'Two Moors' Group's steamups. RIP Jim. *The very last video to include Jim Wild, shot in August 2019, and featuring his gorgeous newly built 7/8ths loco, can be seen here


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Paul's open Day 10 July 2016 .

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