I'm not and nor have I ever been a train spotter, OK. Just wanted to make that clear. But there's something about railway rolling stock that has sparked the synapses since I was a lad. When I was 9 or 10 I had a friend whose dad had an old railway carriage in his garden; it was our playground, and an utterly fascinating object of desire.
When my Godson was at a particular age, it was his uncle who scoured Hamleys in search of obscure Thomas the Tank Engine models; there's nothing you can tell me about Edward, Gordon and the rest.
Anyway, a couple of years ago I bid unsuccessfully for a small marine diesel genny from RAMCO, who auction MoD surplus gear and have been on their mailing list since. Now, not many people know that the Royal Engineers have for many years run their own railway, and Engineer officers used to be trained in operating trains and tracks. For some years they have been running down their operations and flogging off their rolling stock. So when Jill Stringer of RAMCO emailed me yesterday advising me of a future auction and wondering if I was interested in buying
... rolling stock which will be sold ‘as seen’ & ‘where lying’ and is based over three sites as follows; Ashchurch, Bicester, Kineton. The rolling stock consists of standard & narrow gauge including: • Miniloks DH 60 & DH 140 • Railcar Flat Trailer • Mk1 Bullion Coach • Minilok Spares • Warflats • Narrow Gauge 4W Flats ....Damn me if I didn't start wondering if I could get one in my small London garden, even though I don't actually know what any of them are. Ahem. Oh dear.