June Sorry for the long delay
between newsletters. As usual when you have lots of news
you don't have time to update the website as you are too
Railway Open Day
As usual too busy playing to take
pictures. luckily my dad took a few of the visiting
engines so I have put a new page on the website with his
pictures. There is also a few short clips on Youtube showing the signal box in use. This video also
has shots taken on the day after of our Jasper in use.
Once again this was a fabulous show for us. On
Saturday we had to trade mainly from the tent but we were
constantly busy for for both days.
Big thanks to all who organised the
show as it was simply great.
Forgot to take pictures again although
took some video of the Merstham Valley Railway which is
We took a few items to show but the 4
lever lever frame proved very popular and no it is not
the same one that PNP had at Harrogate.
|Although 7.25" gauge
I thought this little man rider would be of interest for
Made by John Barnbard of Norfolk, it was
designed to weigh less than 20kg (actually weighs 18kg
including bag) so it could be taken on commercial flights
and fit in with luggage allowances.
To keep weight down even the wheels have
alloy centres with steel rims.
Canvey Island Railway and Model
Thanks to all those who attended. While
many club members enjoyed a trip to North London club and
their track at London Colney, Ride on Railways and a few
guests took over the ground level track. There was also a
lovely collection of members steam engines running on the
|Barry with his German loco
and container wagons
|Alan Broadway with his
train. The rear coach is an open coach body which fits on
one of our standard chassis. Wonderful coach but I think
the amount of labour that went in to it wouldn't make it
viable as a commercial product.
|As often the
case on our meets, we took the chance to shunt all the
coaches together for a last run. First a double headed
train then a single Hercules with nine coaches.
Hercules (No.33) and his raised riding truck. After
running in freezing weather earlier in the season John
designed and built a front and rear cab for his truck to
provide shelter and back support. A standard bell
throttle controller is placed in the cab.
Big thanks to
Canvey Club + those who gave us a ride behind the lovely
steam trains on the raised track. Clark and I managed to
hook up our truck and grab a few rides. While electric
has many advantages, the smell and sound of steam is
still hard to beat for atmoshere.
Production of these locomotives is long and
complicated. With our current high work load we are not
in a position to speculate build engines. No. 2 is in
construction which hopefully will be ready to show at our
Canterbury launch on
This engine was put up for
sale on Thursday night and sold Saturday morning.
No.3 will probably be
ready for early to mid August.