Sorry for the lack of news over the last few months. From a
slow month in April we are now busy busy busy. We have at least
6-8 weeks worth of orders, so please bare with us while we work
our way through the order book.
Middleton Garden Railway
|As any regular visitor to this site will
have seen the new signal box on the line. Built from a
solid frame we hope this structure catches the railway
look and also provides protection for the eventual 10
lever frame that will go in (when we get the time). What
I haven't shown is the control we use on the lower set of
To control the lower point we opted for an idustrial rated
linear actuator. A bit pricey but this piece of equipment is
designed to withstand the rigours of being left outside. It runs
on 12v and is operated by simply reversing the current. We have
had these actuators factory pre set to provide a 20mm throw which
is reduced by the crank down to 10mm. The springs on the pull rod
take up a little slack and also allow the points to be trailed.
If you are really desperate for one of these then we can
supply it with a crank at £135. We hope to put it out on the
market enclosed in a box with an override or byepass switch later
in the year. Sorry for the high price but it appears you have to
pay for quality. On a busy day our points get changed literally
dozens of times and I think anything less substantial would have
a very limited life.
Having spent quite a bit of time building and
testing the signals and track circuiting on our line we have
finally got a working product fit to market. We are currently
sourcing a PCB manufacturer to produce stand alone boards and
also a new signal design. Having had early failures with circuits
holding open on wet track we have found a simple method to over
come this problem.
As they say watch this space.
If you want to see our signals in action - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=JZPmEQui_I4
Below are the first proper pictures of our new
A battery electric Hunslet.
Having originally planned to get this loco out in
May I am afraid due to the high work load the launch will be
delayed yet again. It is unfair of me to work on future projects
while we have such a high work load. Initially we are looking to
produce a batch of 5 as rolling kits. this will keep the costs
down and allow the detailing work taken to the owners own level.
The engine is powered by 4 of our standard motors
but this time driving 5" wheels.
What ever you might think about the Disney parks,
the steam engines running around the perimeter are wonderful.
British made and full of character. As for the Park - I think the
French can't run a park like the Americans. The park is nearly
the same it is just the service (or lack of it) and lack of
holiday atmosphere which you pick up on in Florida. Still go and
see. 2hr 44m from Waterloo and cheap if you stay off site in
places such as Torcy.
On a plus point it didn't take long to get in to
the heart of Paris on the underground so even if Disney lets you
down you can still have a good time.
Another Garden Railway
Having had Hercules number 8 visit our line on
numerous occasions we finally took up the offer to see it on its
home line. WOW.
A big thanks to Tony and his wife for putting up
with the Middleton invasion.
The garden slopes to the side so the railway
winds around dropping from a station area near the house to a
drop of around 4-5 feet. I am glad to say that the Hercules
performs well even on the steepest gradient that must be steeper
than 1 in 20. The garden is superb. As good as any formal garden
I have seen and the railway fits in well. A good contrast to our
race track of a line.
For a cab ride view see - http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ufatjczb-g
26th June - Chelmsford
A big thanks for the warm welcome we received
at the club on Tuesday night. We were invided along to
demonstrate our locos and talk about the railway/company. Before
it got dark most there had a good race with the locos we took
along. I think most were surprised at the power and speed of the
Trojan and Hercules. Jasper being a 12v version almost acted as a
pace car. It's nice to see members who have to behave when
pulling public testing a loco at full pelt.
As for the talk I thought it went well but then
I didn't to sit and listen to me for an hour.
If you would like us to come to your club then
please get in touch. We have a video projector and able to offer
a talk on the Garden, the company and the three times we have
been involved with TV.
New Kiddy Coach
The first picture of our new
Although we have had a kiddy coach
body on the books for many years, it wasn't really that good. For
a start it was too high and only took two passengers. We are now
able to offer a three seater well wagon version. It is around
1.5m long and gets the seats down to around 200m from the rail
Due to the fantastic success of
articulating these coaches we will only be selling these as part
of a pair. The rear coach (or front) can be anyone of our bogie
coaches. We have already taken orders for 3, the first of which
will be running on the Thomas and Friends Day as the Caledonian
Railway on Dundee on the 7th and 8th of July.
A word of warning - it is heavy
and costs over £60 to ship.
Just as I was getting the ordering system in to
shape. NOTHING. Yes that was the response to from my netwok drive
with all my orders on. Orders 07225 to 07275 are gone. I do have
all the information but it will take me time to get it all back
In the age when I was trying to go to a paperless
office, my lazyness of not backing up has bitten me back. Two
options for the future 1. Back up procedures including paper
copies or 2. Hardware and software automatic back up options.
If you are waiting for you final bill I would
appreciate a copy of your dispatch note.
I will have it all sorted out before the 1st of
July as this is the date from which we must charge VAT.