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Butterley Garden Railway Association


2023 Live Steam Extravaganza

On another phenomenally hot weekend the end of our rotten summer, we had a great Sunday turnout of the whole committee and many other members. We also welcomed a guest, Darren, who joined us on the day and ran two absolutely gorgeous battery electric diesels.

The day was also of great note because Mike, aided by Tom, finally connected and tested our newly laid and electrically bonded, 45mm top track loop and sidings. Tom spent the day cock-a-hoop that he could run his track powered locos without towing a battery pack. The loop was rigorously tested and without much cleaning ran beautifully.

We will be promoting this new feature shortly but in the meantime why not bring down a loco to try it out?

Meanwhile, the garden looked superb and much work was done getting ready for our member BBQ and tidying up in general. Also we saw how much work Colin and Dave had done in clearing out the Pullman Coach.

All in all a productive and fun weekend.

Elliot, Dave, Joe, Dave and Phil took the photos.

(Sunday 10th September 2023)


Some of these photos, in high quality, may also be seen on other BGRA Social Media Sites.


Joe's skilfully edited and comprehensive video of the day (10.49 mins).


Joe's Photos


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Drawing a smile, Phil's very red loco puling a tiny wagon.

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Pat had a day out in the little truck.

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Phil took this one of his lovely little loco.

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Engines and trains start to collect in the front station and the main sidings.

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Can you think of better names for these locations on our layout?

Around the hut end of the track is known as Brian's Bottom after the sadly missed Brian Dominic who always launched his trains from this spot.

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Joe's Talgarth pulls his beautiful, scratch built coaches away from the steel bridge.

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Mike's Dolgoch pulling a Talyllyn set.

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Dave refuelling in the track centre.

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New member, Darren, shows off is very detailed Diesel.

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Joe's Bertie running very slowly under manual control.

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Dave's Lady Anne pulling heavy goods.

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Joe's sturdy diesel has an outing.

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Joe snaps away from his favourite spot on the lower loop.

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Darren's loco glides round the back loop.

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Elliot's Funkey Diesel struggled with greasy track and needing a bit more weight.

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New member Darren runs his second diesel.

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Smaller than his other one but still impressively detailed.

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Everyone loved this loco. Impressive in black with silver highlights.


Elliot's Photos


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Elliot photo shopped an atmospheric shot of his K1.

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Tom connects up the new Track Power connection to our 45mm loop.

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Lots of testing was done

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Tom controls his track powered loco as part of the testing process.

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Tom then successfully ran all afternoon on Track Power.

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Elliot stages his own SuperPower Sunday with his K1....

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And his cleverly weathered Funky Diesel.

(ED. The weathering on the bogies is quite exceptional)

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Dave and Colin continue their work on the Pullman Coach.

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The gardeners tackle some difficult spots around our layout. Many thanks to Colin and Dave. Glenis was impressed.


Dave's Photos


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Dave took some photos of what's growing around our track.

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I'm no gardener so all I can say is that everywhere was looking great

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NOT The Bog Garden.

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Now these I recognise .... Green Tomatoes ... someone said they tasted a bit yeuk.

I don't know horticulture but I do like cooking ... are they Green Zebra tomatoes that never ripen to red but are superb when sliced and fried in a little olive oil and some seasoning?


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