For years, one of the worlds oldest and finest steam railways has been no more than a leisure line traveling from 'nowhere to nowhere.' The Bluebell railway extension project is clearing the 1960's landfill that blocks the line and will reconnect it to London Victoria and the national railway network.
I am interested in how transport shapes and maintains communities and how volunteer run initiatives function and interact with their locality. This project documents a moment in time for the Bluebell line, a huge achievement that is highly regarded amongst experts and enthusiasts but little known to others.
The Brighton Toy & Model Museum is a wonderful relic of past times and traditions. Christopher Litledale, director, restoration expert and principal founder talks on the importance of these crafted objects and how hand making skills must be kept alive.
I have made a 1/76 sterling silver and rapid prototyped scale model (type 00) of one of the freight wagons that is being used to clear the landfill on the Bluebell line. The silver sheet has been fly pressed in a two part mould and quickly assembled in old Hornby tin model fashion. The wheel set was rapid prototyped from a set of measurements and photos taken on site. The model is a mash of 'the most wonderful age of hornby manufacture' and super modern prototyping- and the wheels do spin.