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Then, horrors of horrors, like Alice he was suddenly minute again
Whether it was the weather, or something he'd drunk, Mike was very confused!
After a good day out and a nice pie for tea, a tired and worn out Mike hit the hay, and is still there, snoring, this morning. Probably building up some strength for his next adventure.
Mini Mike has made a small confession. Whilst my back was turned, he sneaked of for a ride on the Himalayan Mountain Railway!
He has severely reprimanded, as you can imagine. Strangely enough, he didn't drop his paper.
Our celebrity visitor arrived and was met and greeted by Hans the local Station Master...
Stopped off in the Yard for quick Brew Up!
Out and over the mud flats, Hans assured Mini-Mike absolutely no danger until the tide comes back in!
Brief stop over to show Mini-Mike his accommodation for the duration of his visit, Heidi and Helga on hand to meet his every need!
Must see visit to E.R.N.I.E
Mini-Mike somewhat sceptical of the myth surrounding Bigfoot, he couldn't find any evidence.........
No visit to the Frozen wastelands of the North would be complete, it had to be done!
Brief summary of Mini-Mike's visit to Darlington.......
Based in the locality of the R.S & Hawthorn works, on the east side of the East Coast Main Line, just south of Thompson Street in the north part of Darlington, via a tree lined roadway called Wylam Avenue, probably one the widest residential roads anywhere, the turntable was built in this area.
Also a little estate of houses, Locomotive St, Furness St, Ajax St and Hercules St.
Hercules being the name of a locomotive built in 1838 for the Berlin and Potsdam railway.
Ajax the name of another locomotive, and Furness with connections to The Furness line in Cumberland.
Skerne Railway Bridge, being the oldest railway bridge in continuous use in the world.
Cleveland Bridge Works, when Mini-Mike continues his globe trotting down under, he will be able say I've been to where they built that bridge!
In his former life before becoming an Internet Influencer, used drive vehicles with equipment from here.........
Sadly his visit comes to an end..........and will be off to his next destination..........
I had a great time with Graham at the Wistow Vale Railway and I’ve now arrived at the Wychbold and Stoke Prior Railway in Bromsgrove. The journey here was dreadful, I was packed like a sardine.
Keith has been very welcoming but I have to confess real disappointment with his railway. I was expecting great things but he’s done nothing, absolutely NOTHING to the railway since he last posted to GSC way back in June. He says he’s been too busy building his station. It’s quite impressive but it’s hardly G Scale!
Today I caught a train today from Brookside Station, or to be precise what will eventually be Brookside Station. It was pulled by Thomas the Tank Engine and I travelled on board Annie. My first view of the garden was through her window.
I alighted at Stoke Works and noted that it’s still a temporary structure. I walked up the platform to talk to Thomas and noticed that Percy was shunting trucks in the nearby Saltworks (sill to the built) Sidings.
I’m sure the Saltworks will be very good once Keith has made the buildings but at the moment there’s nothing to see other than these customised trucks.
I was then allowed to walk up the mainline to inspect the new tunnel. As soon as I got there I heard a train approaching and had to quickly dive into the nearest refuge. I was only just in time. As soon as I was safely in the refuge Emily raced through. At the speed of lightning I ran up onto the top of the tunnel to see Emily emerging from the other side.
Tomorrow Keith has promised to take me to a mystery railway and then over the weekend I’m hoping to see Toby, James and Winston as well as more of the WASP Rly before setting off to my next destination.