Discussion in 'Steam Traction' started by Hicks19862, Apr 22, 2020.
Bowaters until 1969.
Romney Hythe & Dymchurch railway.
BICC (Belvedere, N Kent) had a 3'-6" gauge line, which certainly historically used steam locos. Whether or not they made it to closure in 1968, I don't know. This line ran alongside a neighbouring SG route, over a level crossing, down which road ran an electrified tram route!
Parts of the 18" gauge Woolwich Arsenal system lingered into the mid 60's, though as far as I can tell, the last NG steam seems to have finished around 61/62
I know we class the RH&D, Fairbourne and La'al Ratty as NG nowadays, but before regauging during the Ellerton era on Penrhyn Point and the Wells & Walsingham set up shop, they tended to be more commonly referred to as 'miniature railways' ... even though all ran to a fixed timetable.
Reading the latest Steam magazine, John Cameron mentioned that he could have bought any 1 of 5 A4's. Knowing that 60024 (Kingfisher) and 60034 (Lord Farringdon) were two of the locos based at Ferryhill at the time so we could have easily seen either loco preserved if they'd have been in better condition (or 60009 in worse) at the time.
The two 3'-6" guage Bagnalls (Sir Tom and Woto) were bought by an East London car dealer (He was also an enthusiast, one time driver at Sammy Williams) They were kept in a yard in Romford probably into the 1980's when they were sold on, I believe that one has been re-guaged to 2'.
Both are now 2’ gauge.
Given their size it seems suprising that the line wasnt built as 2 foot rather than 3'6
Probably to do with the cable drums they had to shunt around for which special wagonry was devised.
There were some small wagons, much like bogies stored in the yard with them, both loco's were oil fired and had a tank about 3' x 3 'x 1' mounted in the l.h.s. of the cab just under the roof
as shown here
Makes sense now
A submission from this side of the Irish Sea!
These 2 beasties worked at the Courtaulds factory in Carrickfergus (about 10 miles outside Belfast). They were Peckett W7 0-4-0ST locos 2088 of 1948 "Patricia" and 2113 of 1950 "Wilfred"
Photo from Belfast Telegraph
(https://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/incoming/03f0e/29148474.ece/AUTOCROP/w1000/STEAM 12.jpg) Note the loco name is incorrectly captioned on the BT website.
It is believed that they were held in the scrapyard for a while, in the hope that they would be saved (particularly since they were only 20 years old), however nothing came of this and they were both scrapped.
A very sad loss, though those which really grate are the fates of the last SG2 and the last UG .... both handsome designs and fine examples of the humble 'bog standard' 0-6-0s which served the GNRI so faithfully, for so long. Neither deserved extinction.
An object lesson in how NOT to sling a steam locomotive. fortunately, only the handrail seems to be suffering on this side.
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