As a kid I was
bought up on Thomas the Tank Engine with the stories being read to
me by my father, back then it was the original stories written by
the late Reverend Wilbert Awdry. This was the begining of the
Railway bug! When Bachmann bought out the Thomas range in G all
the old memories came flooding back, this is just a fun page where
we can all be kids again & the kids of today can look &
maybe get started in this great hobby! As you are never to old to
& Clarabel along with Percy & his trouble-some trucks
arrived at the Ashburton Forks Railway in Febuary 2010 for a visit
& liked it so much that they spend alot of there spare time
here. They get on really well with the other engines at the AFR
even the Diesels from other Railways!
Toby has finally
arrived at the AFR, he trundled in one late cold afternoon. We are
hoping that he will feel at home with his other friends here!!!
Toby is one of those models that looks better in person then in
pictures so we are very pleased to have him here!
Toby seen here on the AFR in the late afternoon sun. He arrived
just in time to be the star attraction at my daughters 8th
birthday where he was a big hit.
Arrives With a Goods Train!
The day has
arrived Emily is here, what an engine! She has the biggest set of
wheels I have seen on a loco. As her coaches arrived sometime ago
she arrived hauling a short goods train consisting of S.C.RUFFY
the trouble-some 7plank wagon (I think he has been rebuilt after
being pulled apart by Oliver & Toad, just hope he has learnt
his lesson as the AFR doesn't want any disruption!) & at the
rear a nice NW brake van. These are a welcome addition to the
Thomas range & will turn heads where ever they may run!
Emily arriving at the Railway with the short goods, looks like she
is admiring the plants around her.
S.C.RUFFY looking splended in the sun, Below Right; The NW
Brake van displays some good detail & would look great behind
any English train.
2 new Tankers
arrived on the Railway for Thomas & Friends, they are the Oil
& Tar Tankers I think the oil will be used to oil all the
locos bearings as it keeps the wear down, the Tar is ear marked
for the roads to keep them in tip-top condition. All the locos
will have to be very careful when shunting these not to spill the
contents but I know the locos will be! Below; The 2 tankers
in the late afternoon sun.
James the Red
engine has arrived at the AFR to join Thomas & Percy, he
joined us just after the August 2011 Update. Since his arrival he
has been hard at work on the railway & even been to his first
train show, he liked that very much as everbody made a fuss of
him. Below; 2 pictures of James working hard hauling his
train on the AFR.
The arrival of 2
new coaches to AFR has James all excited, Emily has kindly sent
James her 2 coaches to look after for a while & I am sure he
will do so. He has already been seen puffing around 2 train shows
this month showing them off to everybody, even Thomas & Percy
can see how proud James is when he hauls these 2 coaches. Below;
James take delivery of the 2 new coaches on the AFR.
for Winter & New Arrivals!
Thomas was sent
to the yard to pick up the new arrivals which were the blue &
white milk tanker & the red & yellow fuel tanker.
While he was there he also visited the workshop to get his
snow-plough fitted for the winter season, lets hope he won't have
to use it! He does look a splendard site in the Winter sun.
I had a chance
to get another Annie & Clarabel cheap so it got me to thinking
what to do? I was watching Thomas on TV with my 2 Daughters &
saw James hauling a passenger train with a redish rake of coaches
with the last one having look-outs on the back. So this is my
Annie has been stripped of glazing & had her face removed, the
end windows have been filled in awaiting back detail. Above
Right; The detail ribbing on the end is completed along with
the lookouts. Below Left; A closer look at the lookout. The
roof also needs some attention with different vents to be added. Below
Right; The new roof detail, the 2 rows of vents had to be
removed & replaced with a single row of round ones made from
plastic knitting needles! As you can also see the finished livery.
A close up view of the end detail, I decided to add white glazing
to the look-out to break the mass off red colour on the back. Below
Left; 3/4 view of the finished coach, entered service on