Over a year ago we modelled the Wind Turbine that pumped the water at Cliddesden http://ngaugelightrailway.blogspot.co.uk/2012/03/wind-powered-water-pump.html, and mentioned that it would be good to take a visit to the only existing example of the wind turbine today. Luckily it's only 15 miles away from where we live.
Over a year later I finally managed to make the trip over the Hampshire downs to visit the John Wallis Titt Wind Turbine at Crux Easton.
The trip was a planned mountain bike trip following Wayfarers Walk, a trial that extends over 70 miles from Emsworth to Inkpen Hill. Our journey was only part of this, Oakley to Crux Easton, taking in views over White Hill, Watership Down, Sydmonton Estate, Beacon Hill and the Highclere Estate. It was a very enjoyable mountain bike ride, and well worth having the Crux Easton wind turbine as the focus point.
Maybe in the future we'll make our little model a little bit more accurate, now that I have some detailed pictures, but to be fair when modelling in 'n' scale most of the detail is lost, and our model is a good representation as it is.
It's not something you see everyday, so if you are around the area, I would recommend a little visit. However if you wish to get any closer than the fence, be warned it is only open on the second weekend of each month between April and August. Find out more here: http://www.freewebs.com/windengine/corepage.htm