I can't recall the exact circumstances (I suspect it may have had something to do with a mutual acquaintance who had an interest in DUKWs) but, sometime last year, I met a an extremely interesting chap who had constructed a minature railway track in his back garden so that he could entertain young members of his family. In addition to laying down the track, he had also built his own rolling-stock (some of which is shown below) and, somewhat to my surprise, he was kind enough to invite me to 'drive' some of his engines.
As is often the case with resourseful people, my new acquaintance was friendly with like-minded individuals - one of whom lives quite close to where my wife and I live. In fact, we have often been intrigued by the fact that a full-sized railway signal enjoyed pride-of-place alongside his garage. What we hadn't realised, however, was that there was also a significant and very sophisticated minature railway system which extended for several hundreds yards beyond his back garden.
Unlike, my original acquaintance (who restricts visitors to his 'operation' to close friends and relatives) my 'neighbour' occasionally holds 'Open Days' and, as a consequence, is keen to enlist the aid of interested people to help run the aforementioned events. So, yesterday, I was delighted to have been invited to attend a training day for 'learner' train drivers.
Here's a video......