South Coast Railway News
2011 Autumn News
It has been quite a while since my last news page. Sorry for the delay but I have been very busy away from the railway. One of the small projects I have been setting up is “Stu's Railway Guides”. This is a website of photos and short films from railways around the UK. The first 2 hour DVD should be released soon and will have some spectacular footage on! Check it out at:
Back to The South Coast Railway and very little has changed over the summer, some new cottages have been built by the crossing at Bank Cliff where the old emu was situated. This has now been moved into store awaiting future decisions on its restoration.
The Steam Yard at Green Bridge has be fully relayed and fencing between it and the Seatown Branch has been built, It is quite hard to see now that all the locos have moved back. It is hoped to put in some raised walkways here but a final decision has yet to be made.
On the restoration front the blue members of the Class 37 group have all be re-glazed and now have a much better look. Not bad for locos that are nearly 50 years old. Unfortunately the old glass was broken on removal so putting them back to original condition is now not possible. They have all been done with South Eastern Glazing. If you do not mind changing your loco from its original condition these are very good kits and really do improve the looks on older locos. The Schools Class is the next to be done.
The A3, 4472 Flying Scotsman has now had German style smoke deflectors fitted, not to every ones liking but I think they just finish her off, controversial I know.
There has only been one new arrival this year and it is the British Railways (ex. LMS) Ivatt Class 2 2-6-0 No.46400. Not too sure when more is due to arrive but it is a great looking loco. The other new arrival was not rolling stock but a new signal gantry over platforms 1,2 and 3 at Bank Cliff. There are more signal upgrade coming soon.
Pictures (top to bottom)
New cottages at Bank Cliff Crossing
Green Bridge Yard
Ivatt Class 2
Signal Gantry at Bank Cliff