The Brick Collection

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Over the last few days I’ve decided it was time to get my brick collection into some sort of order, for far too long they’ve been sitting in piles in the garden and I’ve not been able to enjoy looking at them. It was the need to erect a fence in the garden that proved the catalyst for this project as at the same time as ordering the wood for the fence I also arranged delivery of suitable timber to make new brick display racks.

Once the fence had been erected it was time to tackle the racks, made from 3” x 2” timber so the shelves didn’t bend under the weight I constructed four racks to surround the decking area outside my back door. Once complete I couldn’t resist filling them with bricks and transferred those from my older racks as I needed to repair and refurbish them. This photograph shows the completion of the first phase with three of the racks in this photograph, the fourth is alongside where I’m standing to take this picture.

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The second phase a day or two later saw the stripping down of a rack I constructed about fifteen or more years ago to replace one of the side uprights and in the next photograph we see the empty rack on the left. It will take a few days for the preservative to completely dry before all the bricks seen in piles will be sorted and the refurbished rack filled. At the same time I also constructed a new smaller brick rack which can be seen in the centre, this was to replace an earlier rack made some twenty years ago from pallet wood. This will now be repaired and refurbished and used elsewhere.

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There are also some other brickworks artefacts in the photo, in the foreground can be seen a railway sleeper which came from the 2ft narrow gauge line at Dinas Silica Mine and next to that is a short piece of tramway rail which came from the site of a local brickworks, the Bridgend Dinas Brick Company which was near Aberkenfig. Next to that is a wheel from a brick barrow, this came from a works in Dorset, I originally had the whole barrow but it suffered an accident with one of my narrow gauge locomotives and was beyond repair. You can also see some 2ft gauge wheel sets from an unspecified brickworks in England that came via a dealer near Ross-on-Wye. The signal is apparently a Midland Railway shunting signal, although I’m no expert on signalling and could well be wrong. The enamel signs are just two that somehow escaped a necessary cull back in the 1990s, I once had an enviable collection which sadly had to go for financial reasons. The cast iron bridge sign was loaned to me decades ago and the owner has never asked for it back.

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