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Developments on the Corris Railway

Discussion in 'Narrow Gauge Railways' started by Corris Steam, May 22, 2016.

  1. Hirn

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    This works plate is really a quite particular success: nicely cast plate, with the legend both well lettered and most aptly chosen from "FALCON WORKS" to "No91 2022" The works number is the sort of pleasant surprise that lifts a Christmas, Birthday, Anniversary present to the memorable by its aptness. (No space between "No" & "91" but space before "2022" indicates careful layout.)

    The cherry on the cake being the Alan Keep works number, they have certainly built more locomotives than Davies & Metcalfe, off the top of my head I think also Lewins at Poole.
    They may also be unique in having built an appreciable number of internal combustion locomotives before having turned to steam ones - incidentally one tram engine came for a heavy repair as it was: rebuilt to fireless.
     
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    30854 Resident of Nat Pres

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    D&M only ever built the two original VoR locos. They were much better at injectors! Now if you'd said Davey Paxman ...... :)
     
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    From Alan Keefs open day with CR number 10 and others.

     
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    Another U Tube I managed to not be in! I bumped into another Urie LS member there, he is in every U Tube I've seen!
    Pat
     
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    For those unable to have got to Keefe's open day ..... and those who just want to see a Corris loco being the largest machine on display (Yep, it really was!). Glad they had good weather for what looks to have been a most popular event.

    https://www.corris.co.uk/news/

    Purists will doubtless decry the misplaced blue plastic bucket, as being a couple off feet to the platform side of where photos show No.3 always carried it's galvanised, non-blue bucket (!) but it doesn't detract one single jot from just what a magnificent achievement this is for the Corris, for Keefe's and let's not forget Israel Newton, boilermakers. Lovely to see a descendant of an original Corris driver. The old bonds are evidently alive and well.

    Though (obviously) steamable, there's a fair bit needed to finish the loco, ahead of it's journey to it's forever home. Link to donations page on the CR website.

    Today's useless fact: Some probably won't know that (green) Bagnall 0-4-0st Woto prominent in many photos, was originally constricted to 3'-6" gauge (it worked at BICC, Belvedere, Kent as did it's also preserved and likewise gauge converted sibling, Sir Tom, alive and kicking at Threlkeld Quarry & Mining Museum Cumbria) There are photos of both in Middleton Press/Chalk Pits Museum's volume 'Industrial Railways of the South East'
     
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    There's one photo in particular got my pulse racing ..... and it has not so much as a sleeper in it ...... just yet. It's the southern extension, at least a part of which is now approaching final height.

    Good to see a relationship with the steadily re-animating GVT is making progress, nowt on axles though!

    https://www.corris.co.uk/news/
     
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    Missed posting a link to the last updates. Sorry 'bout that .... but it does mean there are a lot of new progress piccies to catch up on.

    Work on Carriage No.24 continues apace. If it keeps going at this rate, a decision will be needed on whether to run one long train or two shorter ones next year. I'd say that's a call for the folks who actually do the workshop tours. :)

    At Corris Station, the traditional drystone wall separating rail and road is taking shape nicely and south of Maespoeth, there's substantial progress on the southern extension. That new embankment looks more impressive each time I see it.

    There's now covered accommodation (immediately south of the engine shed) for a reasonable number of heritage waggons, in a very well built dedicated shed .... and a good display of the slate roofer's art is on display in the pics as the building is completed.

    Work continues on improving the waggons and vans which have to work for a living too. Much of the ex-RNAD kit is looking in much better condition than I've ever seen it before. In that regard, buffers have helped no end with the proper 'Corris Look'.

    You all want to know about No.10 don't you? .... I can tell these things. It's a little ways down, but here you go, see for yourselves:

    https://www.corris.co.uk/news/
     
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    Coming thick and fast this week. To those who remember the first train back to Corris, check out the latest fantastic pw work. What a credit that trackwork at Corris is to the line! Nice too to see Y Mochyn's seasonal apparel. :)

    https://www.corris.co.uk/news/
     
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    Agreed, a well-designed plate. It doesn't need a space as a delimiter between "No" and "91" as the underlined superscript "O" serves the same purpose. There is no ambiguity at all.
     
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    I agree with you both. Such a minor item in the grand scheme of things, but when well designed, speaks to a fully justified pride of Keef's in (yet) another new loco. Mind you, so does the rest of the loco. Before the build of No.10, I'd never fully appreciated Tom Rolt's comments concerning the design of No.3, but have to agree, this is a mainline quality design in all but it's slim gauge and overall size.
     
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    You might want to check the spelling on the worksplate again Howard...
     
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    Noted and duly corrected (childhood friend's name had the 'e'). Thanks Keith. :)
     
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    I well remember around 1973 when the then oil fired 3'6" gauge Bagnalls Sir Tom and Woto stood in Peter Elms yard in Crow Lane (A man to whom I owe an enormous debt of gratitude) As a youngster I had thoughts on the 3'6" Gauge Southend Pier Railway, but age and having no money obviously made that a no- go. Whilst I can see that converting to 2' gauge has made the loco's more usable, I'm still sorry to see that it has happened.
     

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