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News Archive -  2021

This page covers a selection of the historical news articles issued by the Teddies in 2021.

January 2021  

Lockdown has allowed for time to build and paint models. As well as working on the windmill, we have now designed and completed the Market Cross for the village Square.

The Windmill model was planned and started (using resin) about 2-3 years ago. Plans were shelved for a while, in order to complete other models as well as track changes.

Work on the model started again over the Christmas break. Using a combination of the original resin parts and extra 3D printed sections, the building is progressing.

An walk to a local real windmill took place, so we could examine the way the sails are put together in order to continue the design process.

Snow at the end of January caused a stoppage on the line.

The snowplough was deemed not to be capable of shifting this quantity of snow!

February 2021

The Windmill model is about complete, just a little tidying to do and a motor to fit so the sails can turn.

We even found a printable “Windy Miller” to join the farm family who will be looking after the mill.

The line had another “dusting” of snow and cold weather in February, following the heavy coverage in January.

First clearance attempts with the snow plough were unsuccessful due to ice on the line.  Later attempts were more successful. Karen was able to steam around the track for a short time as the snow fell.

The teddies complained about damp fur and snowflakes on their noses.

March 2021

The village shop now has a nice new 3D printed Model T Ford delivery van.

The windmill was also finally installed with lights and motor control to turn the sails.

April 2021

There is now another vehicle in the village.

A 3D printed Model T Ford breakdown truck has been added to our collection.

May 2021

The Teddies are pleased to announce the arrival of Gungadin to the line.

They are happy as she matches their coaches and trucks!

June 2021

The Teddies  (or their art and craft assistants)  have been hard at work.

The background to Walldale Station has now been exchanged for a full width version.

The panels were cut to shape and painted in sections under the car port.

Advice was gratefully received from a local Art Workshop Teacher and a group of friends.

July 2021

The remaining grass has now been laid in the village and all is complete, along with a flight of steps leading to the church.

A space has been arranged for the position of the Garage which is under construction.