Here at Coombe Mill we are very proud of our little electric railway run each day by Guy. It is adored by the children who stay who delight not only in riding on it but also manning the signals and watch tower.
However Farmer Nick and Guy are always keen to pick up new tips and learn from others. We were invited to a fun steam day at our apprentice Amber’s family home as her uncle and nephew are total enthusiasts and build steam trains in their back garden! They also have the bed for the old Launceston to Padstow line running through the garden. This was closed down as part of the famous Beaching cuts of 1967 however when the family bought the house 25 years ago it became the perfect place to indulge their love of steam and convert the old line into a 7 1/4 gauge track for their miniature steam trains.
Today they are mid way through an exciting project with tunnels through the beautiful wooded landscape, engine sheds where they build new trains and a wonderful hobby to indulge in.
It was a heaven for us to be able to join them for a day, to see one of the steam trains in motion and enjoy a ride.
Farmer Nick was quite taken with the line itself and the technicalities of expansion joints after the problems we had back in the summer when high temperatures bent our track.
I loved the old traction engine chuffing away in the middle of the garden which I found enchanting as it moved up and down gears, knobs and whistles firing away.
The kids had fun testing the turntables while Nick examined the mechanics to see if we could build one.
I was taking notes of everything from the fencing to the old Great Western benches and authentic signs and branded adverts.
The children loved all the space in this vast garden and followed the train track, they played dare on the bridge sections and generally enjoyed the relaxed atmosphere of the day.
After being banned from jumping into the pool which was looking less than inviting once the pumps had been turned off for winter they gravitated to the swings for some good old fashioned play.
Jed and Theo spent hours throwing sticks for the dogs before we all enjoyed a big cooked farmhouse lunch.
We headed home with full tummies and discussing all the things we could add to the Coombe Mill Railway with the boys pestering us about having a farm dog.
Our thanks to Amber’s family for a wonderful welcome into their magical garden and home.
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