Fairlight Works

Official blog of the High Weald Light Railway (1977) Co. Ltd.

Check out my gravel pit

amberley industrial narrow-gauge photos preservation

Orenstein & Koppel loco 'P.C. Allen'
O&K ‘P.C. Allen’ visiting from Leighton Buzzard, at Cragside

I know it’s actually in an old chalk quarry, but the song that sticks in my head whenever I visit Amberley Working Museum is always Gravel Pit by the Wu Tang Clan. I think it kind of suits the location, and the back, back and forth and forth of the industrial diesels shunting around. But anyway…

This weekend was the annual rail gala at the museum, and I took my 2-year old daughter along to continue her narrow gauge enthusiasm training. Fortunately she loved it (having a main line railway at the back of the garden that she can wave “bye bye choo choo” to helps), unfortunately the weather wasn’t quite up to letting her run about and enjoy herself.

As you might expect I didn’t get a chance to take many pictures, and none at all of the excellent model railway exhibition indoors, but who needs photos when you can take away memories of a nice family day out instead?

Hudson-Hunslet at Brockham
The Hudson-Hunslet at Brockham, my daughter’s favourite!