Tuesday, 10 August 2010

Ee That's Grand!

A slightly self-indulgent post, if you'll forgive me. Last night the Bron Hebog blog smashed through the one thousand hit barrier - and I've only had the counter on it for just over a month.

So thanks very much to everyone who's logging on to take a look, it's very satisfying to know that the time - which would otherwise be spent modelling - isn't going to waste.

Thanks too, to my fellow bloggers who've added links on their sites.

We've had hits from all around the world, Western Europe, North America, Asia, Africa and Australia and New Zealand as well as all those modellers here in the UK.

(Interestingly I don't seem to have had anyone from my home patch in Scotland. Am I the only narrow gauge modeller up here?)

It would be great find out a little more about all you guys who are dropping in here so please feel free to leave a comment and introduce yourself. (I believe there's someone who's taken a peek from Halifax, Nova Scotia - one of my all time favourite holiday destinations)

Also, do let me know if there are things you'd like me to blog about. So far it's been mostly about stuff on my workbench, carriages and wagons mainly, but if you'd like to know more about other aspects of the Bron Hebog project, or our previous layout 'Dduallt', then let me know.

Himself (aka my father David, the loco and layout chief on the project) has just returned from another research trip to the FR / WHR (and also helping out with Kids Training Week) so I thought I'd share a couple of snaps of WHR interest with you.

Replica Lynton and Barnstable loco Lyd has been running trials on the FR this past week. Here she is warming up at Boston Lodge.

And the unsung hero of the WHR reconstruction, Upnor Castle, is nearing the end of a well-deserved overhaul. Is that patch of Off White paint on the back a clue to a new livery? Is the old girl going to be painted to match the other FR diesels Conway Castle and Cricceth Castle?

And before you ask, no, I shall NOT be repainting my scratchbuilt Upnor.


  1. Great pictures of Lyd, for some reason it doesn't look so nice 'in person'. As Bob Yates said today, "It looks ugly but beautifully made!"
    I hope your father wasn't the person a few of my co-workers saw balancing precariously on a stepladder, on a wet and rainy day, above some old Garrat panels that would work well as a guillotine if he fell off (luckily he didn't).
    The things enthusiasts do for a picture!

  2. Congrats Rob! I'm sure the numbers will continue to increase!

    I'm really looking forward to seeing Lyd in the flesh at some point.