A couple of months before we went to the UK, in early April, to be exact, I finally plucked up the courage to install the stormwater pipes for the shed. It was not anywhere near as painful as I had expected. The shed was now ready for inspection and once passed we could move on to the next stage. The inspection would have to wait until we got back from England.
Finally the stormwater pipe for the shed is installed. 10/04/2009
Our four week trip was expensive but we all enjoyed ourselves. The first few months of the year I spent in arranging an itinerary and booking travel and accommodation. The shed certainly took a back seat during this time. Finances were tight so the purchase of further material for the shed and any contractors were non-existent.
We flew Emirates via Singapore and Dubai then direct to Glasgow. The booking gave us a 19 hour layover in Dubai so Emirates put us up in a 4-Star hotel complete with meals and transport to and from the hotel, free-of-charge.
Here are a few images of our journey:
Glasgow Station with our train ready to depart for Inverness. 30/05/2009
A Scottish Heritage site, Urquhart Castle on the shores of Loch Ness. 1/06/2009
Entrance to Inverness Station. 2/06/2009
Diesel railcars at Bank Top Station, Darlington. 2/06/2009
Locomotion preserved at Head of Steam Museum, Darlington. 2/06/2009
Great Northern Railway 0-6-0ST at Shildon. 3/06/2009
Southern Railway No.825 on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway. 4/06/2009
Duchess of Hamilton had arrived at the National Railway Museum, York only a week or so before our visit. 5/06/2009
Duke of Gloucester in the workshops of the East Lancashire Railway. 6/06/2009
David Lloyd George Double Fairlie takes water at Blaneau Ffestiniog. 8/06/2009
NG143 at Dinas Station on the Welsh Highland Railway. 9/06/2009
Raymond stands beside NG143 at Dinas. We took turns having a footplate ride. 9/06/2009
Caernarfon Castle. 9/06/2009
Talyllyn stands at the head of its train at Wharf Station on the Talyllyn Railway. 10/06/2009
More footplate rides. Raymond stands in the doorway of Talyllyn. 10/06/2009
Prince of Wales 2-6-2T on the Vale of Rheidol Railway at Devil's Bridge. 11/06/2009
A Great Western Railway tank locomotive rolls a train past the new education centre and museum at Highley on the Severn Valley Railway. 12/06/2009
Earlestoke Manor runs around its train at Kidderminster on the Severn Valley Railway. 12/06/2009.
Welshpool & Llanfair Railway 0-6-2T The Earl stands at the water tank at Welshpool. 13/06/2009
Rebuilt from a Baldwin locomotive from the Eastern Province Cementc Co in South Africa, No.2 of the Brecon Mountain Railway near Merthyr Tydfil stands inside the locomotive shed/workshops. This loco is fitted with an ex-Queensland Railways' headlight. 14/06/2009.
For Dr Who fans we visited the Dr Who Museum in Cardiff where the Tardis is on display. 14/06/2009.
Dr Who would not be complete without some Daleks. 14/06/2010
Hurricane stands at the head of the afternoon schools train on the Romney Hythe & Dymchurch Railway. 18/06/2010
Northern Chief on the turntable at Hythe. 18/06/2009
A First World War Baldwin 4-6-0T stand outside the locomotive shed at Page's Park on the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. 21/06/2009
Another First World War loco outside the Leighton Buzzard locomotive shed was this Feldbahn 0-8-0T. 21/06/2009.
During our return to Australia we spent a couple of nights in a 5-star hotel in Dubai - absolute luxury!
Now Raymond and I could get back to working on the shed.