Today saw my first trip to the Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway for several months, in fact the last time I was there I was the first person to remove and exhibit from the old 'Rails to the Sands' exhibition in the craft units when 'Shifting Sands' returned home. I was intrigued to see what the re-use of much of the display material in Griffin Hall at Lakeside station would look like. I had many personal connections to the original exhibition having painted sections of the structures and other smaller tasks....
|'Mighty Atom', Bassett-Lowke no. 11 of 1908 is a display centrepiece. This loco ran at Southport and Great Yarmouth so has genuine seaside links, alongside it's place in the Sutton Coldfield collection.|
|'Blacolvesley' (L), Bassett-Lowke, 1909, veteran of Saltburn and Seaburn as well as Blakesley Hall, and currently out of traffic 'Sutton Belle' (R).|
|SMR no.4, the canopy over the doorway has recycled from the old display in the craft units with some adjustment.|
|The Triang-Minic locomotive. When the original display was set up my modelling skills were put to use cleaning up and spray painting the reproduction arrows it carries.|
Of course the longest-term resident in Griffin Hall is the SMR 'Loco Coal' wagon, inspiration for one of my recent models. I now have a good, clear picture of it (I should have moved the bin...):
My model is definately an 'inspired by' one, having now seen several details in close-up a lot has become clearer, for example the how the end door hinges actually form the door retaining system:
Outside 'Mountaineer' and the GCR 'ROD' O4 were in operation, however I was keen to see the latest arrival at the CCLR, the rather interesting remains of the Les Anderson (of Minirail fame) RapidoRail articulated railcar set, a long-term restoration job no doubt!
|RapidoRail railcar ex-Flamingoland, Dudley Zoo, Rhyl and long-term storage.|