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Butterley Garden Railway Association


The 2009 Gala

We have an annual open weekend where we invite the public to look around and other enthusiasts to run their trains. There is normally refreshments for sale and stalls to raise funds for the club. We also invite specialist traders who have engines and rolling stock for sale.


There was a good crowd watching when I arrived........

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............ including the proprietor of Brockrail, who was on Standard Gauge duty.

Preparing the Shay for a run

Mike Riley looking very happy.......

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The first train that caught my eye was this one hauled by a (slightly Great Westernised) Roundhouse "Carrie"............

....... with a nice rake of sheep wagons on the back!

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The LGB coaches were just the right size for this Accucraft "Earl"

An Accucraft "Ruby" on the upper circuit.

A short train for a Hudson inspection tractor.......

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........ and another one for this de Winton.

A short train from Isabel Latham - funny, I recognise that loco!

Nigel Town stroking Betty..........

......... and the stock sidings getting congested!

There was an interesting lineup of 7/8" scale equipment........

........ with a Simplex and a panelled coach........

This just goes to show how much detail can be added.

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Matt Acton's "Sir Haydn".............

......... was swiftly converted to "Sir Handel"............

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It was interesting to compare the new oscillating Mamod loco.........

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...........with the fixed - cylinder one.

Of course, the Real Star of the weekend was the Duchess.......

.. with a Diesel on the other end of the rake to save running around.

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Somebody's got a liking for Looney Tunes...........

"That's all, Folks!"