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When I first saw the attached photo, I thought whats going on here? A miniature railway at Blakesley Hall when was that. I thought according to that photo there must have been a railway spur and bridge close by. Now I know the nearest railway line is about a mile away and the nearest bridge is quite some distance and that is over water.
So after a little research the explanation is quite simple, there is another Blakesley Hall in Northamptonshire, how dare they pinch our halls name I'm sure ours is older than theirs. I suppose I could have just asked Lynne I'm sure she would have known all about it as she is in to miniature railways.
I had never heard of another Blakesley Hall save our our one in Yardley. Apparently there was a Manor House at the Northampton Site since the 13th century so it was earlier than ours dated at 1590. Though from what I read when it was owned by a Charles William Bartholemew a civil engineer 1876 -1919 he built a 15inch gauge miniature railway
I've sent this link to a friend who follows the history of many of these places. He's going to look things up for you when he gets home to-night.
A friend of ours owns one of the internal combustion engined locos It is with some other very good friends right now being cleaned etc.
Shall post to-night when James comes back to me.
Phil, I don't think this is exactly what you are asking for but will post as this is the summary that James has sent to me.
Will enquire furthur for you about the rolling stock and the Miniature Railway Museum Trust as from 2011
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I read about it in several places, one of them was here,
I also looked at these sites,