how’s this for a do it yourself project?

Wow .... take a look at what this fellow has done.

Talk about a do it yourself project.  Brilliant.

It started with this.

An old (130 years) rail coach which wasn’t allowed to be moved. So, his ex FIL built a home around it and got this.

But apparently the coach his FIL bought needed lots of restoration and lots and lots of work. Which this man took on.

Is this the strangest home in Britain? The bungalow that’s built around a 130-year-old railway carriage

Jim Higgins’ ex father-in-law had to build around the carriage because bizarre planning rules said it had stood for so long it could not be moved

Mr Higgins is now restoring the former Great Western Railway carriage to possibly open to the public


When it comes to building a comfortable bungalow, Jim Higgins has got the inside track.

The retired transport manager, 60, has one of the most unique houses in Britain… because it is built around a real railway carriage.

The property in Ashton, Cornwall, is a fully functioning house but bizarrely has the fully restored 130-year-old Great Western Railway car within its walls.

Mr Higgins, 64, originally from Buckinghamshire took over the property from his former father-law Charles Allen who was forced to build it around the railway carriage because bizarre planning regulations meant the train could not be moved.

Mr Higgins said: ‘The railway carriage was lived in by a local woman Elizabeth Richards from 1930.

‘It was known as Lizzies Place to when she died in 1966.

‘It then stood empty for a number of years until my ex-father-in-law came down looking for somewhere to retire.

All the other photos are HERE and I think you might be impressed. 

Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   on 05/16/2012 at 10:21 AM   
  1. A long abandoned rail car on a stub of go-nowhere track had “grandfather rights” on the property? What a load of conkers.

    Hey, Joe-Bob has that old dead truck up on blocks in his side yard; it’s been there ages. Guess it has “grandfather rights” too, and can’t ever be moved, neighborhood beautification committee be damned.


    Posted by Drew458    United States   05/16/2012  at  03:46 PM  
  2. And if you think that’s dumb, just wait for next post and doctors who do not fully understand English and are working here. There’s a move on to “improve” the situation.
    After YEARS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! of ppl talking about it and journalists writing about cases of botched treatments by docs who don’t even speak it well. But they are treating patients, or so we read.
    Things are done a lot differently here Drew.
    You must learn to celebrate diversity.
    Oh btw ....
    There’s some talk of a doctor’s strike.  I didn’t even know they had a union.

    Posted by peiper    United Kingdom   05/16/2012  at  03:57 PM  
  3. A lovely part of England for sure, having some experience of English planing laws I would guess that the thing could be lived in but once gone the land would revert to agricultural use, look up the guy who built a small castle behind a barrier of straw bales! it is a shame that it now looks just like all the other bungloid growths that be-spoil the beauty of Cornwall, that and the effin useless wind farms.

    Posted by Chris Edwards    Canada   05/17/2012  at  10:20 AM  
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