The Bure Valley Railway

Mark Timothy - Wroxham

Last weekend I took the Bure Valley Railway ‘boat train’ from Aylsham to Wroxham, enjoyed a boat tour of the Norfolk Broads, and took the train back again.

The Bure Valley Railway was originally a standard gauge line. It was interesting to travel under standard gauge bridges and past former standard gauge stations in a 15inch gauge train! My train was hauled by ‘Mark Timothy‘ a 2-6-4 tank engine based on a Leek and Manifold design. She has a charming colonial feel and a lovely exhaust note as she accelerates uphill.

Mark Timothy - Aylsham

By coincidence the Broadland Model Railway Club were holding their annual exhibition in Aylsham. Two layouts in particular caught my eye.

Bishops Lane Brewery by Colin French, a small ‘O’ gauge industrial layout that doesn’t have a single point. I really liked the idea, the detail and the weathering. It was a brave decision to create such a simple layout. It’s paid off and the end result is very eye catching.

Bishops Lane Brewery - Colin French

Chris Seago was exhibiting Ashfield Green, a lovely 009 layout I first saw at the Norfolk and Suffolk Narrow Gauge Modellers Open Day in  March this year. At the Open Day it was a static exhibit because it was entered in a competition. This time it was operating – and it was great to see it working. I had a really good chat with Chris and picked up lots of advice. Thanks Chris.

Ashfield Green - Chris Seago

I do like Chris’s modelling. He creates attractive scenes throughout his layouts.

Converted Carriage - Chris Seago

Bryant Corn Merchants - Chris Seago

It turned out to be a great weekend for books. One of my weaknesses is second-hand bookshops. I can’t resist them. There was a super secondhand book stall at the BMRC exhibition, a bookshop on Aylsham station and the excellent Buffer Stop Books at Wroxham station. Needless to say I came away with lots of super stuff.

Some Super Secondhand Books

The 7mm Narrow Gauge Association drawings are for when I start scratch building. That is likely to be some time in the future – I have a layout to finish!


  1. Reblogged this on Loco Yard and commented:
    The Bure Valley Railway is a railway that hasnt been featured before on LocoYard and is somewhere we will have to visit soon. In the meantime Stephen Clulow has a quick look whilst visiting the Broadland Model Railway Club yearly show


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