What’s all this then?

This rambling blog is about building a simple OO layout, the available space is rather small but it is reminiscent of the lost lines of St. Mary's in Southampton, once home to some fussy locos.

Sunday, 23 July 2017

More images from St. Mary's

These images are taken from the Wimborne Railway Society plus a few others garned over the years, all show the coal depot of Corralls Fuels.

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Images from St.Mary's

St.Mary's in Southampton is now home to the Southampton F.C. but just almost sixty years ago it was a thriving community serving the Eastern Docks with a few interesting tramways. The lines connected with the old London and Southampton railway line and skirted around the large gasometer by a track locally known as Bulls Run.

The new stadium is clerely visible at the bottom of the aerial view, the curved line of parked cars is Bulls Run.

A selection of images of the road crossing on Belvidere Road, compare with the images of Pecketts at the same location.


The most famous loco was exBR B4 class 30096 'Corrall Queen' unfortunately now fitted with a cut-down cab on the Bluebell Railway.

The first Belvidere Arms 

The new Belvidere Arms

No longer The Belvidere




Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Simple trackplan

It really is this simple: -

A small pub, some terrace backs and a few low-relief buildings.

This is The Joiners in St. Mary's 

Monday, 10 July 2017

Interesting docklands line

Peckett R4 2128 of 1951 crosses Belvidere Road in the 50s.

In the 50s and 60s, the Chapel neighbourhood was home to a number of interesting lines serving the eastern docklands of Southampton. The line diverted from the South Western mainline and ran via the Bulls Run siding to the docks.

 Peckett 1638 at the same location on the Bulls Run, the siding was named after the owner of the tramway.