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 play Trains.
Thomas, Annie &
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
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!
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
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!
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
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
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.
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.
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 attempt........
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 09-01-2011.