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Danson Park Railway Bexleyheath Kent

Discussion in 'Miniature Railways' started by lynbarn, Mar 24, 2015.

  1. lynbarn

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    Hi jammy Dodger do you happen to have any photos you can share on here would love to see what she looks like now.

    So this is three down and one still to find.
     
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    I have some before and after photos but have not worked out how to post them.
    Look at lakeshorerailroad.co.uk which is our website. Failing that my avatar shows me driving Adiela as she is called today.
     
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    'Adiela' was originally built in 1939/1940 by Mr Bell and Mr Burgoyne, to run on the latters Crowthorne Farm Railway in Berkshire, and looked very different to as she is seen today. She was originally completed as an 0-8-0 plus tender locomotive and numbered '1003'. Upon Mr Burgoynes death, she was sold to a Mr Hammet who operated a number of railways in and around London. Now named 'Austerity', she was employed initially at East Ham, where a leading truck was very quickly added during a rebuild, making her a 2-8-0 plus tender locomotive as there were issues with derailing.

    She then ran for a very short time at another of Hammets lines, Danson Park, but was unfortunately not up to the job required for various reasons, one of which being a poor steaming riveted boiler. She was then cast aside and over time dismantled, with parts being used on other locos. Her tender was then used by another loco and is still in existence to this day.

    The dismantled 'Austerity' was eventually bought by William Jennings, who soon began rebuilding the locomotive into a 2-6-2 plus tender but never completed the rebuild. In the early 1970s Jack Wakefield and Don Proudlock bought the part re-built chassis of 'Austerity' and through 1975-76 following Jack Wakefields retirement, Don Proudlock and new business partner Michael Henderson completed the re-build, with the loco entering service as 'FCNDelM No.27' joining then Atlantic locomotive 'Mountaineer' on the Wednesday before the Bank holiday weekend of 1976, which turned out to be the busiest Wednesday of the summer season.

    From then she ran regularly up until requiring boiler repairs in the autumn of 2010. She then went away for repairs and a very heavy overhaul of her chassis, with various parts being replaced, returning to service in time for the 2014 summer season and has ran very well ever since. In 2016 she acquired a new pilot in the style of those seen on ex-Fairbourne Twinning locomotives 'Sian' and 'Katie'.

    Posted from Lakeshore Railroads website.
     
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    https://www.lakeshorerailroad.co.uk/adiela
     
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    Lake Shore at Danson Park 1962.jpg

    Sorry to re-open an old topic. This is "Lake Shore" at the lake end loop at Danson Park taken by me in 1962, "Lake Shore" was at that time the regular locomotive. Livery was green. "Princess" the red engine was used much more frequently a few years previously, but there was also a 4-4-0 "Kestrel" in blue livery based upon a Irish prototype which I saw at the shed but never on a train. There were two loops at each end of the single track running line with spring operated points. Kids occasionally dropped stones into the blades. From the western loop the line continued to a long two road green corrugated iron locomotive and carriage shed. Water was obtained using a bucket dipped into the lake and into the tender using a funnel which had a fine mesh filter to stop sticklebats (we called them "Tiddlers" ) getting into the tank. There was a second running line in parallel closer to the shore which was out of use and disconnected from the loops. It was lifted some time in the 1950s, but I can remember it because I used to walk along the rails. I suspect it was an earlier line which was considered to be too close to the lake shore.
     
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