Monthly Archives: April 2021

Old Videos. 26/10/16 and diverted trains at Old Hill.

The Lickey was closed and Cross Country trains and the occasional freight were sent via the Dark Side. These trains were filmed on a couple of visits to the station during the day. Numbers I could read are:- 172221, 170638, 170522, 66183, 66057, 172332, 43366, 43285, 170518, 170101, DR98909, DR98959, 43321, 43357, not forgetting some Voyagers.

Old Video, 18/10/15. 60163, 2857 & 46100, also 5 Sheds.

I haven’t time to add photos to the galleries at the moment so this is just a posting for the video.

My day started at Old Hill with 66113 on 6P04 Kidderminster – Crewe Basford Hall. Only just got to the station in time to see it. Then off to Arley to film 60163 & 2857. After that, near the old Rifle Range Halt to see 60163 & 46100. Then at Kidderminster, 4 x 66s in a convoy, 66114, 66169, 66051 & 66238 on 0N44 Bescot – Margam. Royal Scot can be heard running round in the background and soon after is seen departing with a train to Bridgnorth. Final clip shows the diesel depot with a Class 50 in the background.

The rhubarb, 8 days later.

I took another photo 8 days after the one in the previous post and was surprised at how much they had grown. Maybe I’ll get round to repotting the 5 small ones this afternoon if it warms up a bit – as no train to see today!!

As they grow, the plan is to move them into pots the size of the one filled with water, top right of the image, but for the next year or so I think they’ll be OK in the medium size pots. Time will tell.



We had some rhubarb plants at our previous house, but since moving have missed our rhubarb crumbles. Last year I bought some rhubarb seed and now have 31 plants growing in pots, also gave quite a few away. I took a photo of 28 of them on the 14th March, which can be seen below. Since then they have grown a lot, but some have produced flower heads which I have removed. It will be interesting to see what happens over the coming months. I will add other photos as they continue to grow and hopefully we will get plenty of stalks this summer.