The Buttolph Flyer M.R.G

Is The Life of Miniature Railways

The Buttolph Flyer M.R.G

Is The Life of Miniature Railways

Railway update We are delighted to confirm at our loop is now complete and all our locomotives and Roland stock can now go on the loop 😀 we would like to say a big thank you to our supervisor gavin for all his time with the loop and our new website. We are currently working on our traverser to make it easier to move our locomotive and rolling stock and we hope to have this done by the end of may 2021 we have lots of work to do in the next month or two but we are almost there now and we hope to have the railway reopen to Members by the end of summer. Thank you to everyone for there support with the railway and we would like to say a big thank you once again to Gavin for all his help with the railway. 05/05/21

Dale had a very busy day cleaning all the riding trollies ready for welcoming our members back soon. A big thank you to Roger and Brian for adjusting our 7¼” riding trolley to 5” gauge 02/03/21

So today Dale had the class 37558 out on the track for the first time in 8 months hopefully now the snow have gone we are hoping to get more work done to the track and more fencing up in the next few months. And to let everyone know at the railway website is working for 24hr as we are working on a new one for the railway 15/02/21

Wishing all of our members and followers a very Merry Christmas and a better 2021 Hopefully we can get back on track in the near future and start to welcome you back to our event days Until then stay safe 23/12/2020

We first set out on this journey in 2016 and surpassed all of our hopes as a family run group In 2018 we managed to purchase a track of our own to create our own small railway at home, In between our normal family life and getting our home track sorted, we spent many weekends at the beautiful Eaton Park in Norwich, our favourite events were the charity days, where we were involved in the fundraising events for Children in Need, East Anglian Children’s Hospices and local Air Ambulance As Autumn arrives in 2020, with home commitments and cost of travelling long distances from home to Norwich and our time being taken up by finishing our own railway we have made the difficult and sad decision not to attend Eaton Park for the foreseeable future We would like to take this opportunity to thank all volunteers at NDSME for our memorable times there, we wish them well in the future 29/09/2020

Cliff have been down for the last 3 days to help with the new fencing that is going up along part of the trackside, next on the agenda will be paint brushes at the ready thank you to cliff for all he's help in making this happen. 20/09/20

As the Summer ends and Autumn begins, we continue to work on the railway Our supervisor Gavin has been to test out the new part of the completed track which I am pleased to say went well It is the first time we have had trains on the full size of track Our progress wouldn’t have been possible so soon, if it wasn’t for the generous and much appreciated donation by Warwick, of sleepers 09/09/20

Update on 28/05/2020 We are really pleased to say we have got our class 37 wired backup and fully serviced. We have got to do is just buy the radio control Gear and the receiver and she will be back on track for the coming years

Update on 18/05/2020 We have had a couple of weeks off from the railway but now back again and we are doing the class 37 rubbing down the buffer beam and soon be wiring up to sound unit and going to be doing the radio control as well in it soon

As lockdown continues it has given me the opportunity to get some jobs done on the railway The sleepers that were kindly donated to us last year have now all been put into position, tedious job but nice weather helped me to continue All the speed signs have been rubbed down and repainted and now look shiny and new To see more about 25/04/2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE Over the next few weeks we will be monitoring the ongoing situation of the U.K. Coronavirus outbreak Our diesel gala scheduled for May 16th is likely to be postponed until later in the Summer As much as that is a disappointment, we have to be responsible and do all we can to protect our members as well as ourselves and our families We will keep you all updated with decisions made as soon as we have better understanding of how this virus will escalate across our local counties, in the meantime to all our supporters please stay safe and well 14/03/20

We would like to say Merry Christmas to all our members friends / supporters hope you all have a great time and looking forward to seeing everyone in the new year Thank you to all our working members for all their help in 2019 From Dale, Gavin, Cliff, Alan, Lisa, and all the members at The Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway Group 24/12/19

Our 1st Halloween event was touch and go, after much deliberation we decided to cancel it until the following day, after we had heavy rainfall, and we decided the field was too muddy to carry out an event However the following morning the sun shone brightly, the wind picked up and the worst of the mud and excess water drained and dried out to acceptable conditions By now it really was full steam ahead to get the marquee up, decorations fixed in various places, lights placed along the track and projector lamp in position As darkness fell and guests arrived it was time to switch everything on and turn on the sound bar for some spooky Halloween sound effects The night was cold stars shone down on us but what great fun we had, We had both of our home fleet trains running for over 3 hours Events like this are not possible without the support of the people attending or the hard work that goes on behind the scenes Thank You to everyone involved, we will be hosting this event again next year 31/10/19

We are really pushing ahead now to complete our new track layout, the track is now down and in position, we are just waiting for the sleepers to arrive, big thank you to Warwick for donating those to us Once everything is in place we will be doing test runs to make sure it’s all working fine Thank You once again to Cliff for giving up his time to help out and his dedication to getting our railway completed 10/10/19

Our member Cliff has been dedicating a lot of his time to us and once again helped out with the new loco hut, A new door has been made up, which now makes it a lot easier getting trains in and out and secure when not in use Cliffs help on the railway is fantastic, we are really pushing along now to make our vision of what we would like to achieve in to reality 29/09/19

Final weekend of September was our members day We had a lovely time, weather was pretty good, sunny, but windy for most of the morning until the heavens opened but like a trooper our member Gavin carried on regardless It was a good day and we really enjoy having our members getting together and have fun We had Class 37 on track and Gavin managed to clock up a total of 5 miles 25/09/19

Before the wet weather sets in club member Cliff spent an entire day at the railway We were busy putting together a new hut to replace the temporary one to store locos and riding trolley This one is much bigger and will be easier for getting things in and out Thank you Cliff for all your hard work 24/09/19

After several set backs our extended track has arrived and is ready to be laid We will be starting as soon as possible and continue to make improvements over the winter. 08/09.19

After several set backs our extended track has arrived and is ready to be laid We will be starting as soon as possible and continue to make improvements over the winter. 08/09.19

What a scorching August Bank Holiday we had on the Monday we attended the annual event at Eaton Park where the Lord Mayor came to visit It was a lovely day and everyone had a great time 26/08/19

Our group loco 37588 have been out of service for about 4 months now but we are pleased to say 37588 will be back on the track hopefully by the end of August 16/08/19

We have only members day tomorrow. We will only have 08097 running tomorrow we will look forward to seeing everyone and next Monday we will be at Eaton Park miniature Railway running day from 1pm to 5pm. 16/08/19

11th August we had a day at Eaton Park, after the storm force winds of the day before we were glad it had all calmed down in time for our visit We had a thoroughly enjoyable time with several locos on track and public visitors We were also lucky enough to have Chris from CME ON THE MOVE train film maker attending and we attached a camera to 08097, you can check this video out on YouTube Www.youtube.com/user/cmeonthemove Thank You Chris 12/08/19

We was at Lynn Sport Miniature railway with Gavin and Scott today we completed 13.2miles at lynnsport we hope to be back soon 04/08/19

Been doing some work on the track on Thursday and today a big thank you to cliff for his help on Thursday we will be already for our new track in week or 2 27/07/19

It was our members day today it was a good day by all but down to problem with 08097 The Buttolph Flyer she is out of service Down to a problem with the electronic. Hopefully have her running for our AGM on the 17th of August Thank you to all the members who come down today and would like to welcome our new member Scott to our railway. 21/07/19

we have 2 visiting locos coming to our railway for our members day tomorrow from 1030 down to 37558 Avro Vulcan being out of service we will only have 08097 The Buttolph Flyer Running for our members to use. 19/07/2019

yesterday morning we visited a 7 1/4 inch gauge railway in Hemsby Norfolk the railway have been there since 70s so I was told by someone at Hemsby miniature Railway here are some pictures of the day unfortunate they don't have 5" inch gauge on their track so 08097 can't go on there 12/07/19

On Wednesday evening we was at Eaton Park Miniature railway a great night by all but unfortunately we will not be at Eaton Park Miniature railway this Sunday as planned but we will be down at Eaton Park again on 11th of August 12/07/19

We had a great day yesterday at Halesworth & District model engineering we done 8.3 miles yesterday with 08097 thank you to everyone at Halesworth for welcoming us down to the club will be back soon 08/07/2019

08097 will be at Eaton Park Miniature Railway this Saturday for the Northolt live steamers visit day. Then we will be going out of Norfolk and in to Suffolk for a day at Halesworth Miniature Railway on Sunday 7th of July 26/06/19

TRACK FOUND Completely wrecked at a scrap yard in Doncaster, there is nothing we can do with it to repair it Suspect has been caught Thank You to everyone for all your messages and support over the last few days it has meant a lot to all involved 24/06/19

We are absolutely fuming to say the least the lovely track we were going to be collecting from our friend in Lincoln to have as our new layout has been stolen There are no words printable to say what we think of these people who think they can just trespass onto someone’s property and take what isn’t theirs 21/06/19

A lovely day at our private Running day on the Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway group / club. thank you to Cliff for helping on Saturday and thank you everyone who come down for the fun 03/06/19

Cliff having a drive on 08097 The Buttolph Flyer yesterday A big thank you Thomas and Cliff for coming to The Buttolph Flyer M.R.G Members Day we will hope to see you both here again soon 25/05/19

Big thank you to Cliff who came out to help me with the track work Our sidings are now laid, gravelled and completed We had a lovely afternoon in the sunshine and very much appreciate Cliff giving up his afternoon 14/05/19

We have been busy today checking over 08097 for her each charity run on Monday from 1pm we will also be doing this day in memory of our friend Lee who was a volunteer at EACH at Wymondham Norfolk and we will also be marking out a new milestone at 400 miles since we have owned 08097 the Buttolph Flyer if u would like to raise money for the each charity you can donate below Thank you for supporting the Buttolph Flyer 01/05./19

While the weather deteriorated this week putting an end to any outdoor work, I got on with some indoor jobs, The riding trolley now has a new speaker and electric clip connection. The rods for 08097 now have new bearings thank you to Brian for making the new bearings for us Days are ticking away to our first running day of the new season on March 31st 09/03/19

Successful day for us on the railway, early morning trip to get some stones from local D.I.Y shop and have pushed ahead with track laying, stone laying and fitting the protective membrane underneath. Huge thank you to our member Gavin who gave up his free time today to give a helping hand, much appreciated Gavin has now become our railway supervisor, and he will be on hand to oversee things as our work progresses over the next few months. 05/01/19

Winter temperatures set in this week but our work has to continue to keep us on schedule for the new season So today, more track has been laid Posts have been put in ready for the storage shelter for the rolling stock. The riding trolley has been painted in red and platform 2 work is now underway 04.01.19

Despite being out of season there has been plenty to do Firstly I had a lovely day at the Spalding Model Railway Exhibition with new member Gavin, so many stalls and displays to look round It’s well worth a visit if anyone is thinking about going in the17/11/18

Here at the Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway group we are always looking for new ways to raise money for new charities this is that charitie we would like to raising money for Leiston Works Railway Here is a bit about Leiston Works Railway Leiston Works Railway Trust is a charitable organisation working to restore the factory railway line that once served the now closed Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and which represents an important but currently incomplete part of the rich industrial heritage of this small Suffolk town. From its opening in 1859 the line connected the old Town Works to the local branch railway running from Leiston to Saxmundham. By 1912 Garretts had expanded and built their Top Works and the line was used to transport goods and materials between the two sites as well as on to more distant places. Originally the wagons were hauled by Suffolk Punch horses; in 1929 these were replaced by the steam shunting engine Sirapite now owned, and fully restored to working order, by the Leiston Long Shop Museum. For the last years of of its operation, from 1962 until the railway was dismantled in 1968, haulage was by a Battery Electric Locomotive. You can support this unique and important heritage project by donating here 20/09/18

Here at the Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway group we are always looking for new ways to raise money for new charities this is that charitie we would like to raising money for Leiston Works Railway Here is a bit about Leiston Works Railway Leiston Works Railway Trust is a charitable organisation working to restore the factory railway line that once served the now closed Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and which represents an important but currently incomplete part of the rich industrial heritage of this small Suffolk town. From its opening in 1859 the line connected the old Town Works to the local branch railway running from Leiston to Saxmundham. By 1912 Garretts had expanded and built their Top Works and the line was used to transport goods and materials between the two sites as well as on to more distant places. Originally the wagons were hauled by Suffolk Punch horses; in 1929 these were replaced by the steam shunting engine Sirapite now owned, and fully restored to working order, by the Leiston Long Shop Museum. For the last years of of its operation, from 1962 until the railway was dismantled in 1968, haulage was by a Battery Electric Locomotive. You can support this unique and important heritage project by donating here 20/09/18

Here at the Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway group we are always looking for new ways to raise money for new charities this is that charitie we would like to raising money for Leiston Works Railway Here is a bit about Leiston Works Railway Leiston Works Railway Trust is a charitable organisation working to restore the factory railway line that once served the now closed Richard Garrett Engineering Works, and which represents an important but currently incomplete part of the rich industrial heritage of this small Suffolk town. From its opening in 1859 the line connected the old Town Works to the local branch railway running from Leiston to Saxmundham. By 1912 Garretts had expanded and built their Top Works and the line was used to transport goods and materials between the two sites as well as on to more distant places. Originally the wagons were hauled by Suffolk Punch horses; in 1929 these were replaced by the steam shunting engine Sirapite now owned, and fully restored to working order, by the Leiston Long Shop Museum. For the last years of of its operation, from 1962 until the railway was dismantled in 1968, haulage was by a Battery Electric Locomotive. You can support this unique and important heritage project by donating here 20/09/18

Over the last few weeks we have been making a slow transition process of changing AJ Rail over to The Buttolph Flyer Miniature Railway Group. We decided to make the changes over a period of time, in order to keep the name AJ Rail going out of respect for the previous owners, who had dedicated so much of their time to their project. The time has now come for us to put our own mark on track and rename it in accordance with 08097. We thank you all for your support and the time people put in to sending us messages we appreciate it all very much. The changeover will be in the next few days and we would love to have you all on board so please like us on Www.facebook.com/CL08097 05/09/18

class 08097 the Buttolph flyer was out on track yesterday at Eaton Park. And this photo was taken yesterday with the Lord Mayor of Norwich with 08097. We have worked so hard to get where we are yesterday thank you to everyone at Eaton Park miniature railway and our friends for getting us here Www.08097.org Please note photo 2 and 3 is ©️ by Pete

A good day by all day at out private day for our friend from Cambridgeshire we will be at Eaton part tomorrow from 1pm to see all our events go our website 26/08/18

Class 37806 Redmire been having work done on it as it will soon been repainted and a NEW number and name will be on it Class 37558 Avro Vulcan XH558 to support RAF 24/08/18

We have a busy upcoming weekend we will be out on the Sunday running with our friends from st Neots and we will be going to Eaton Park miniature Railway for the Lord Mayors charity on the Monday 27 Www.08097.co.uk

08097 was at the Eaton Park Miniature Railway yesterday doing light run and Tod and Sophie B was doing public running on the mainlane. To see where we are next go to www.08097.co.uk 16/07/18

4th July was a day of celebration as Dale celebrated his 21st Birthday. Pictured here with a special portrait done for his big day with his Great Grandparents he never knew. His train 08097 dedicated to their memory, now he has something to treasure forever. Www.08097.co.uk 05/07/18

We was at the Kings Lynn model railway club yesterday what a lovely day we done over 55 laps that's completed 11 miles our next event we will be at Eaton park miniature railway find out when this is please go to our website thank you to everyone at the King's Lynn District SME we will be visiting in the near future Www.08097.co.uk 21/05/18

We are pleased to announce down to losing (DVMR) in March 2018 we are delighted to say we have found a new railway currently named A.J Rail and we are also welcome to new locos to our Fleet a class 37806 Redmire and saddle tank 0-4-0 No10538 name not yet confirmed. This portable trackers About 70 M where we will be taking this out as portable track in 2019 I will be having our new locos out at Eaton park miniature railway in the next few months this new purchase of this will now become our new project for us now 19/05/18

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