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  1. Don't worry "SWMBO" is probably making lots of "accidental" purchases herself. As an aside, I had to look this acronym up. The definition cites H Rider Haggard as the originator, which is fine, but surely the popularity of this term is a result of John Mortimer's character of Horace Rumpole, or Rumpole of the Bailey.
  2. Can I just point out that the yellow Ford Capri was not mine. Though to be absolutely correct for the period I should have checked whether it had furry dice hanging from the rear view mirror ..........
  3. I've had a look through my pictures, and these seem to be the only evidence I found c1990 of the once extensive narrow gauge network serving gravel pits in the Faversham area
  4. I can only say that in 1990 there was only a footpath going through it
  5. OK, I'll mention that the first steam tramway in the Netherlands was opened between the Rhine Railway station in the Hague (the modern Den Haag Central station) and the beach at Scheveningen in 1879. It was standard gauge so it will have to be "honorary" narrow gauge. It was so popular with German visitors (as the Dutch beaches still are today) that a second tramline was laid a few years later between Scheveningen and the Hague's other mainline station on the Holland Railway. I stand to be corrected but I believe the lines survive as the city
  6. Another railway from the Swale area worth mentioning is the Davington Light Railway. This was built to carry workers to the explosives factories out in the marshes NW of Faversham. The line was opened in 1916 and closed soon after the end of WW1. Some of the line can still be walked along and the main engineering feature - a bridge under a minor road near Oare - still exists. Explosives factories existed in the Faversham area since the 16th century and the one served by the DLR dated from the late nineteenth century. Considering what its output in 1914-18 was it's ironic that the f
  7. Coming to this a little bit late, sorry. I walked as much as I could of the Davington railway somewhere around 1990. The "tunnel" at Oare - actually a slightly oversized bridge under a minor road - was still there and a good two thirds of the trackbed was a perfectly walkable footpath. The Davington end was then a woodyard as far as I recall and the layout of the sheds and stuff matched the sketch in the Oakwood press book of Davington station. There was nothing remotely railway like at the Uplees end though. The footpath just petered out and there was just open marshla
  8. When things had settled down a bit, say the 1880s, we might expect the railway layout at Reculver to be something like this. I'm assuming that the Board of Trade and the harbour authorities cajoled the SER into permitting a connection between the harbour tracks and the LCDR, but otherwise that is the only connection. I have based the LCDR station layout on Sheerness Dockyard. That means there is a sector plate under the overall roof for releasing engines rather than a crossover. There is a standard LCDR goods shed and a small engine shed with a turntable. T
  9. Further along the Kent coast you have Conyer Creek, a tidal inlet off the Swale (the water between Sheppey and mainland Kent) and the 25" to the mile maps you can view on the National Library of Scotland site show that there were several tramways serving brickworks and cement works. These lines qualify as "sea side" as the Swale is salt water (I believe) and these lines all serve small wharves for barge traffic. If I had three or four lifetimes to do modelling in then I'd like to model this place. (I have actually been down to Conyer to take some pictures, though it was twenty years ago and th
  10. I think the cottages look sort of all right, but what do they look like with a train in front of them? (Well slightly to the side so you can still see them). False perspective is a good theory but looks silly if you don't get it right.
  11. The SER was a bit complacent about its monopoly so when in 1858 an independent branch line opened to run from Strood to Faversham, taking the traditional Watling Street route to the Channel, the SER Board sat back and waited for the approach from this new company asking to be taken over. It never came. Instead it marked the start of forty years of ruinous competition, personal vendetta and some crazy schemes that should never have been considered. For that new company was the East Kent Railway, soon to rename itself the London Chatham and Dover (LCDR). In the 20th century we would
  12. So, if the South Eastern Railway had built a branch from Grove Ferry to Reculver, and had created a small harbour as well, then what might be expected to be seen there. We can use Whitstable as our inspiration. This sketch map sets out my ideas. I have the harbour where the North Stream and various other drainages have a sluice gate to the Thames Estuary. In real life the main arm of the harbour is a tank to hold water when the tide is up and it can't discharge into the sea, but it's a small step to open it out as a small dock. It's about the same size as t
  13. And here it is. In fact there are a number of other bills relating to railways in the area of Herne Bay. When Covid is done ........
  14. Thanks for this, I might try and look into that just out of interest. This proposal was for a junction out in the marshes and it is hard to see what the LCDR would have got out of it. I don't think that was the only time railway planners looked at the 5 or 6 miles of flat - and cheap - land between Reculver and Grove Ferry and wondered "what if we ...."
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