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Pixie

If you look at this website http://www.team-triplet.com/TTSite/2005Cadeby01.htm you will learn of the late Rev.Teddy Boston who set up a railway in the back garden of the Cadeby Vicarage, this being not too far from Hinckley and Nuneaton.

Sadly his widow has finally had to give up trying to keep the place open and I believe all of the railway has now been taken up.

Pixie is the late Teddy Boston's own engine.  She is a 2 foot gauge 0-4-0 Bagnall, works number 2090 of 1919.

Pixie

If you look at this website http://www.team-triplet.com/TTSite/2005Cadeby01.htm you will learn of the late Rev.Teddy Boston who set up a railway in the back garden of the Cadeby Vicarage, this being not too far from Hinckley and Nuneaton.

Sadly his widow has finally had to give up trying to keep the place open and I believe all of the railway has now been taken up.

Pixie is the late Teddy Boston's own engine.  She is a 2 foot gauge 0-4-0 Bagnall, works number 2090 of 1919.

comments (17)

I had not heard of this before, a story both delightful and sad Brian
Brian Walbey: It was a great little place to go Bill.
  • vintage
  • Brisbane Australia
  • 14 Aug 2009, 00:21
I do admire how people can have so much passion.Good capture
Brian Walbey: I had a train set when i was young vintage as no doubt you probably did but nothing to this scale.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 14 Aug 2009, 01:29
It looks like Christmas, Brian!
Brian Walbey: Our grandson, who was about 4 at the time and mad on trains, wouldn't even have a ride on the truck behind Ginnie, I think the size of it scared him, now he'd probably want to drive it knowing him.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 14 Aug 2009, 03:10
What a beauty...deserves to still be in action.
Brian Walbey: I've been Googling to find out where this loco went Ray but can't come up with anything.
  • alex
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2009, 05:46
That's a gorgeous old piece of metal and steam.
Brian Walbey: I reckon this must be very old looking at the style of it Alex. Thanks for your comment.
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 14 Aug 2009, 06:19
Hard to believe some one owned there own Train, sad to see a mans legacy ripped up
Brian Walbey: It took all of a minute to travel in each direction Tony but it was good fun.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 14 Aug 2009, 07:16
Just MAGIC Brian, great subject and picture, hope you dont mind me saving it in my favorites file?.As you can guess i love steam especially trains,so thanks for sharing this delightful engine.In a few weeks time i hope to be at the Great Dorset Steam Fair(The biggest and best rally in Europe)with a Shutterchance member who is going to give me some much needed lessons and practical guidance in using digital photography equipment before i purchase my own kit.Just hope the weather stays dry,so that we get some shots of steam ploughs working and the heavy horses ploughing as well.Not that i can hope to be up to your standard yet.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graham, keep a copy with pleasure. My brother-in-law lives at Poole, near the Steam fair, I have often thought about staying with him and going. I hope you have a good day at the fair with whomever, then hurry up and get that camera, time is passing you by to get really in to this wonderful hobby of ours.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2009, 08:45
I remember Teddy Boston: one in a long line of English eccentric vicars. A fine shot Brian
Brian Walbey: Thanks Chris, I suspected you might be aware of this gentlemen. There is a nice church next door as well.
  • Alan Rolfe
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 14 Aug 2009, 08:52
I don't know what it is about railways and vicars but they often go together. Sad to hear that his widow has had to give it up but I hope that this lives on elsewhere. Your shot oozes atmosphere.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Alan. I have been Googling to try and find out what happened to this loco with no success.
nice story Brian.
I love steam engines, of any size. Such engineering !
Cheers
Rob
Brian Walbey: Thanks very much Rob.
  • Tracy
  • Staffs Moorlands
  • 14 Aug 2009, 12:41
Shame Brian, fine looking engine.
Brian Walbey: Hopefully it is still being driven about somewhere Tracy.
Wot no driver!
Brian Walbey: Perhaps that is why my Grandson was a bit wary about riding on this Chad.
  • Mia
  • United States
  • 14 Aug 2009, 19:03
I was gonna say... Where's the driver?! Did those people forced to sign a waiver before they got on that train tongue but Chad beat me to it...
Brian Walbey: My Grandson wouldn't get on the wagon for a ride Mia but I did, it was different.
I seem to remember something on TV years ago.. about a railway in someones garden. I wonder could this be it. Shame its all gone Brian. Time marches on!
Brian Walbey: It might well be the same raliway Ron. Thanks for your comment.
  • graham pickett
  • SUNNY SOUTHSEA ENGLAND
  • 14 Aug 2009, 21:30
I am informed that Pixie is at the Hollycombe steam collection in bits,as soon as i can confirm this i wll let you know Brian.
Brian Walbey: Thanks Graham. You are probably right, I found a reference to this move but their website doesn't show Pixie as an active loco.
  • Ellie
  • England
  • 14 Aug 2009, 23:56
It's such a pity this has been lost, but what an amazing "hobby".
Brian Walbey: We now think that Pixie is somewhere being refurbished Ellie, hopefully it will have many more years of active life.
  • Matt
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 22 Sep 2009, 03:22
I came upon this page while trying to find out what happened to Pixie. Given Teddy Boston's status (and Pixie's) in railway circles, Im surprised its so hard to find out her fate. I would have though almost any of the British 2ft gauge lines would have given her a home.

For those who are interested, the platform at the left of the photo was the only real station on the line, the track only went for a few hundred feet round the garden. At the other end, the loco just pushed the train back to the platform.

There were also several diesels at Cadeby (working & non-operational) as well as Pixie, some belonged to Teddy others to his friends. Also some steam locos were stored there, though Pixie was the only one I ever saw operational.

Teddy also had an Aveling & Porter steam roller 'Thistledown' and a Foster traction engine 'Fiery Elias'. Google those names!

Beyond the left of the picture, next to the platform was a large green shed containing Teddy's model railway. It was a huge '00' scale GWR layout, the shed was about the size of a 4 car garage. In the centre was yet another, smaller, layout, narrow gauge using 12mm track, never saw that running though. The main layout took three or four operators when going at full capacity, maybe more.
Brian Walbey: Thanks for all that info.Matt. We only live a few miles from Cadeby and went a couple of times so I am familiar with a lot of your notes. Sad that it has now all gone I believe.

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