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Re: 1890s cane trucks

Hunslet
 

Thanks.   I was under the (mistaken) impression that it was “braked”.

Hunslet.

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io [mailto:LRRSA@groups.io] On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 11:37 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Image of 1890s cane truck from Fowler Catalogue now on my Google Drive as the earlier link to the group’s files is dodgy.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DDe-L2Z0RPF4-BVfwM-TaD4gcnRH5pbb/view

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 9:21 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Forgot to mention the bogie trucks originally ordered for Duranbah also had brakes, so the proposed swap was for Duranbah’s bogie trucks with brakes for Caleb Marks’ single trucks, with brakes.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 8:55 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Need a bit of background advice please regarding 2 foot gauge 1890s cane trucks and how common was the fitting of brakes and the difference between bogie trucks and what were termed in 1890s as single trucks?

 

The CSR line in question, Duranbah Tweed River, included a 1 in 46 grade for a continuous distance of 94 chains (1891 metres) down ‘alongside’ Cudgen Rd from its junction with Duranbah Rd, then across to the wharf near what is now Tweed Valley Way , formally the Pacific Highway. Then a 11km barge trip to CSR’s Condong sugar mill. Naturally the funiculars mentioned below were also steep, so the question of brakes is of interest. I understand the funiculars also had a brake device on the cable drum gear.

 

I am almost finished preparing an article for LRRSA on the 1890s Duranbah CSR tramway in the Tweed River area. The CSR Tweed Letter Book (6 July 1894) notes the trucks ordered for Duranbah were bogie trucks and Duranbah farmers wanted to swap them with what they termed in their handwritten letter as ‘single trucks, with brakes’, that were used by Caleb Marks who was one of the Terranora funicular cane tramway farmers.

 

The same CSR Letter Book has a letter from another Terranora funicular cane tramway farmer, Thomas Fraser, to Condong mill manager William Isaacs, dated 30 March 1895. The letter included a picture taken from what Fraser described as ‘Fowlers Catalogue’, of the type of wagon Fraser wanted. More to the point, Fraser states it is the style of truck used by Caleb Marks. The Fowler catalogue labelled the wagon as ‘Colonial Type, with bracket ends, load 20 Cwts’.

 

I just added a copy of the Fowler Catalogue image, sourced from Fraser’s letter, to this group’s files

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LRRSA/files/SE%20QLD%20%20or%20NTH%20Rivers%20NSW%20/Fraser%20wagon%20image%20label.jpg

 

Any help gratefully received. My Cudgen Robb & Co tramway article is in the next LR and the Duranbah one for LR is almost done. My other individual Tweed CSR tramway articles for LR,  (Crabbes Creek, Condong area and Terranora etc) are partly done.

 

Thanks

Peter Cokley

 

 

 

 

 

Re: 1890s cane trucks

Petan
 

Image of 1890s cane truck from Fowler Catalogue now on my Google Drive as the earlier link to the group’s files is dodgy.

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1DDe-L2Z0RPF4-BVfwM-TaD4gcnRH5pbb/view

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 9:21 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Forgot to mention the bogie trucks originally ordered for Duranbah also had brakes, so the proposed swap was for Duranbah’s bogie trucks with brakes for Caleb Marks’ single trucks, with brakes.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 8:55 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Need a bit of background advice please regarding 2 foot gauge 1890s cane trucks and how common was the fitting of brakes and the difference between bogie trucks and what were termed in 1890s as single trucks?

 

The CSR line in question, Duranbah Tweed River, included a 1 in 46 grade for a continuous distance of 94 chains (1891 metres) down ‘alongside’ Cudgen Rd from its junction with Duranbah Rd, then across to the wharf near what is now Tweed Valley Way , formally the Pacific Highway. Then a 11km barge trip to CSR’s Condong sugar mill. Naturally the funiculars mentioned below were also steep, so the question of brakes is of interest. I understand the funiculars also had a brake device on the cable drum gear.

 

I am almost finished preparing an article for LRRSA on the 1890s Duranbah CSR tramway in the Tweed River area. The CSR Tweed Letter Book (6 July 1894) notes the trucks ordered for Duranbah were bogie trucks and Duranbah farmers wanted to swap them with what they termed in their handwritten letter as ‘single trucks, with brakes’, that were used by Caleb Marks who was one of the Terranora funicular cane tramway farmers.

 

The same CSR Letter Book has a letter from another Terranora funicular cane tramway farmer, Thomas Fraser, to Condong mill manager William Isaacs, dated 30 March 1895. The letter included a picture taken from what Fraser described as ‘Fowlers Catalogue’, of the type of wagon Fraser wanted. More to the point, Fraser states it is the style of truck used by Caleb Marks. The Fowler catalogue labelled the wagon as ‘Colonial Type, with bracket ends, load 20 Cwts’.

 

I just added a copy of the Fowler Catalogue image, sourced from Fraser’s letter, to this group’s files

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LRRSA/files/SE%20QLD%20%20or%20NTH%20Rivers%20NSW%20/Fraser%20wagon%20image%20label.jpg

 

Any help gratefully received. My Cudgen Robb & Co tramway article is in the next LR and the Duranbah one for LR is almost done. My other individual Tweed CSR tramway articles for LR,  (Crabbes Creek, Condong area and Terranora etc) are partly done.

 

Thanks

Peter Cokley

 

 

 

 

 

Re: 1890s cane trucks

Petan
 

Forgot to mention the bogie trucks originally ordered for Duranbah also had brakes, so the proposed swap was for Duranbah’s bogie trucks with brakes for Caleb Marks’ single trucks, with brakes.

 

Cheers

Peter Cokley

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Petan
Sent: Wednesday, 23 January 2019 8:55 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: [LRRSA] 1890s cane trucks

 

Need a bit of background advice please regarding 2 foot gauge 1890s cane trucks and how common was the fitting of brakes and the difference between bogie trucks and what were termed in 1890s as single trucks?

 

The CSR line in question, Duranbah Tweed River, included a 1 in 46 grade for a continuous distance of 94 chains (1891 metres) down ‘alongside’ Cudgen Rd from its junction with Duranbah Rd, then across to the wharf near what is now Tweed Valley Way , formally the Pacific Highway. Then a 11km barge trip to CSR’s Condong sugar mill. Naturally the funiculars mentioned below were also steep, so the question of brakes is of interest. I understand the funiculars also had a brake device on the cable drum gear.

 

I am almost finished preparing an article for LRRSA on the 1890s Duranbah CSR tramway in the Tweed River area. The CSR Tweed Letter Book (6 July 1894) notes the trucks ordered for Duranbah were bogie trucks and Duranbah farmers wanted to swap them with what they termed in their handwritten letter as ‘single trucks, with brakes’, that were used by Caleb Marks who was one of the Terranora funicular cane tramway farmers.

 

The same CSR Letter Book has a letter from another Terranora funicular cane tramway farmer, Thomas Fraser, to Condong mill manager William Isaacs, dated 30 March 1895. The letter included a picture taken from what Fraser described as ‘Fowlers Catalogue’, of the type of wagon Fraser wanted. More to the point, Fraser states it is the style of truck used by Caleb Marks. The Fowler catalogue labelled the wagon as ‘Colonial Type, with bracket ends, load 20 Cwts’.

 

I just added a copy of the Fowler Catalogue image, sourced from Fraser’s letter, to this group’s files

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LRRSA/files/SE%20QLD%20%20or%20NTH%20Rivers%20NSW%20/Fraser%20wagon%20image%20label.jpg

 

Any help gratefully received. My Cudgen Robb & Co tramway article is in the next LR and the Duranbah one for LR is almost done. My other individual Tweed CSR tramway articles for LR,  (Crabbes Creek, Condong area and Terranora etc) are partly done.

 

Thanks

Peter Cokley

 

 

 

 

 

1890s cane trucks

Petan
 

Need a bit of background advice please regarding 2 foot gauge 1890s cane trucks and how common was the fitting of brakes and the difference between bogie trucks and what were termed in 1890s as single trucks?

 

The CSR line in question, Duranbah Tweed River, included a 1 in 46 grade for a continuous distance of 94 chains (1891 metres) down ‘alongside’ Cudgen Rd from its junction with Duranbah Rd, then across to the wharf near what is now Tweed Valley Way , formally the Pacific Highway. Then a 11km barge trip to CSR’s Condong sugar mill. Naturally the funiculars mentioned below were also steep, so the question of brakes is of interest. I understand the funiculars also had a brake device on the cable drum gear.

 

I am almost finished preparing an article for LRRSA on the 1890s Duranbah CSR tramway in the Tweed River area. The CSR Tweed Letter Book (6 July 1894) notes the trucks ordered for Duranbah were bogie trucks and Duranbah farmers wanted to swap them with what they termed in their handwritten letter as ‘single trucks, with brakes’, that were used by Caleb Marks who was one of the Terranora funicular cane tramway farmers.

 

The same CSR Letter Book has a letter from another Terranora funicular cane tramway farmer, Thomas Fraser, to Condong mill manager William Isaacs, dated 30 March 1895. The letter included a picture taken from what Fraser described as ‘Fowlers Catalogue’, of the type of wagon Fraser wanted. More to the point, Fraser states it is the style of truck used by Caleb Marks. The Fowler catalogue labelled the wagon as ‘Colonial Type, with bracket ends, load 20 Cwts’.

 

I just added a copy of the Fowler Catalogue image, sourced from Fraser’s letter, to this group’s files

https://au.groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/LRRSA/files/SE%20QLD%20%20or%20NTH%20Rivers%20NSW%20/Fraser%20wagon%20image%20label.jpg

 

Any help gratefully received. My Cudgen Robb & Co tramway article is in the next LR and the Duranbah one for LR is almost done. My other individual Tweed CSR tramway articles for LR,  (Crabbes Creek, Condong area and Terranora etc) are partly done.

 

Thanks

Peter Cokley

 

 

 

 

Gulflander and Weipa

Phil Rickard
 

Members may well be interested in the latest video from John Phillips, now on YouTube.  Definitely worth a look (as are all John's videos) - includes the rather ancient AEC railmotor.    cheers      Phil Rickard

John's message reads:  
Hello everyone.
                           I have just uploaded my latest YouTube video , this one is on the Gulflander in far north Queensland along with a bonus at the end of a quick look at probably Australia’s most remote railway , Rio Tinto’s Bauxite line at Weipa on the Cape York Peninsula , I have now passed 100 subscriber's (a nice 70th birthday present) so thank you to everyone who has done so .
The link is ,  https://youtu.be/_oUTdcetUVI

cheers

Re: OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Michael C.
 

No worries.

India next... 😉

Michael Chapman 



Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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From: Ian Pither <ian.pither35@...>
Date: 02/01/2019 07:23 (GMT+00:00)
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Many Thanks and a fruitful year in your travels.
Ian (Germany)

Virus-free. www.avast.com

On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 at 01:24, Michael C. via Groups.Io <chapmanmchapman=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dear all,

Happy New Year from the United Kingdom.

Apologies for being off-topic, but just before Christmas I travelled via train from Leeds in Yorkshire to Hannover in Germany via LNER, Eurostar, Thalys and DB ICE trains, then onto Goslar in the Harz via coach.

Then I spent three days riding and photographing the metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (https://www.hsb-wr.de/startseite/).

I was surprised that all the trains were running and shops were open on Christmas day. Therefore I caught a diesel train from Goslar to Wernigerode and travelled by HSB up the Brocken where Christmas lunch was currywurst and beer!

On Christmas night there was a line-up of locomotives in the floodlit yard at Wernigerode so I had a go a night photography - the best ones are now on Flickr. 

Take a look if you are interested.


Cheers,

Michael Chapman.

Re: OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Michael C.
 

Hi John,

It was two or three in Wernigerode, but minus one at the top of the Brocken. 

It felt much colder though owing to the wind chill and all the ice and snow blowing around.

Michael Chapman 



Sent from my Samsung Galaxy smartphone.

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From: John Dennis <jdennis412@...>
Date: 02/01/2019 01:52 (GMT+00:00)
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Nice photos Michael,

I've never been there in Winter. I'm not certain whether I prefer Melbourne's high 30s (42 on Friday) or the freezing cold. What was the temperature in Wernigerode? 

John

On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 at 11:24, Michael C. via Groups.Io <chapmanmchapman=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dear all,

Happy New Year from the United Kingdom.

Apologies for being off-topic, but just before Christmas I travelled via train from Leeds in Yorkshire to Hannover in Germany via LNER, Eurostar, Thalys and DB ICE trains, then onto Goslar in the Harz via coach.

Then I spent three days riding and photographing the metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (https://www.hsb-wr.de/startseite/).

I was surprised that all the trains were running and shops were open on Christmas day. Therefore I caught a diesel train from Goslar to Wernigerode and travelled by HSB up the Brocken where Christmas lunch was currywurst and beer!

On Christmas night there was a line-up of locomotives in the floodlit yard at Wernigerode so I had a go a night photography - the best ones are now on Flickr. 

Take a look if you are interested.


Cheers,

Michael Chapman.

Re: OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Ian Pither <ian.pither35@...>
 

Many Thanks and a fruitful year in your travels.
Ian (Germany)

Virus-free. www.avast.com


On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 at 01:24, Michael C. via Groups.Io <chapmanmchapman=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dear all,

Happy New Year from the United Kingdom.

Apologies for being off-topic, but just before Christmas I travelled via train from Leeds in Yorkshire to Hannover in Germany via LNER, Eurostar, Thalys and DB ICE trains, then onto Goslar in the Harz via coach.

Then I spent three days riding and photographing the metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (https://www.hsb-wr.de/startseite/).

I was surprised that all the trains were running and shops were open on Christmas day. Therefore I caught a diesel train from Goslar to Wernigerode and travelled by HSB up the Brocken where Christmas lunch was currywurst and beer!

On Christmas night there was a line-up of locomotives in the floodlit yard at Wernigerode so I had a go a night photography - the best ones are now on Flickr. 

Take a look if you are interested.


Cheers,

Michael Chapman.

Re: OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

John Dennis
 

Nice photos Michael,

I've never been there in Winter. I'm not certain whether I prefer Melbourne's high 30s (42 on Friday) or the freezing cold. What was the temperature in Wernigerode? 

John

On Wed, 2 Jan 2019 at 11:24, Michael C. via Groups.Io <chapmanmchapman=aol.com@groups.io> wrote:
Dear all,

Happy New Year from the United Kingdom.

Apologies for being off-topic, but just before Christmas I travelled via train from Leeds in Yorkshire to Hannover in Germany via LNER, Eurostar, Thalys and DB ICE trains, then onto Goslar in the Harz via coach.

Then I spent three days riding and photographing the metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (https://www.hsb-wr.de/startseite/).

I was surprised that all the trains were running and shops were open on Christmas day. Therefore I caught a diesel train from Goslar to Wernigerode and travelled by HSB up the Brocken where Christmas lunch was currywurst and beer!

On Christmas night there was a line-up of locomotives in the floodlit yard at Wernigerode so I had a go a night photography - the best ones are now on Flickr. 

Take a look if you are interested.


Cheers,

Michael Chapman.

OFF-TOPIC. Photographs from Christmas in Germany

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Happy New Year from the United Kingdom.

Apologies for being off-topic, but just before Christmas I travelled via train from Leeds in Yorkshire to Hannover in Germany via LNER, Eurostar, Thalys and DB ICE trains, then onto Goslar in the Harz via coach.

Then I spent three days riding and photographing the metre gauge Harzer Schmalspurbahnen (https://www.hsb-wr.de/startseite/).

I was surprised that all the trains were running and shops were open on Christmas day. Therefore I caught a diesel train from Goslar to Wernigerode and travelled by HSB up the Brocken where Christmas lunch was currywurst and beer!

On Christmas night there was a line-up of locomotives in the floodlit yard at Wernigerode so I had a go a night photography - the best ones are now on Flickr. 

Take a look if you are interested.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157705193667704

Cheers,

Michael Chapman.

Re: vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

Terence Boardman <outlook_784290998235FD5E@...>
 

 

Funeral Arrangements for Noel F Reed (from SMH)

REED, Noel Francis 25.12.1930 - 19.12.2018

Much loved husband of Doreen. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Jenni & David and Sue & Roger. Loved Pa to Sean, Aimee, Jade, Tom, Ben, Tim, Hannah and Sarah and Great-Pa to Grace.

A service for Noel will be held in the Camellia Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium on Thursday 27th December 2018 at 11.30am.

 

 

Terry

Terence Boardman OAM

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P:  02 9939 8297 from Australia

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FaceBook: Terry Boardman

 

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Re: vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

Roderick Smith
 

REED, Noel Francis.
25.12.1930 - 19.12.2018.
Much loved husband of Doreen. Dearly loved father and father-in-law of Jenni & David and Sue & Roger. Loved Pa to Sean, Aimee, Jade, Tom, Ben, Tim, Hannah and Sarah and Great-Pa to Grace.
A service for Noel will be held in the Camellia Chapel of Macquarie Park Crematorium on Thursday 27th December 2018 at 11.30am.
Hamilton Funerals 9449 5544.
Published in The Sydney Morning Herald on Dec. 22, 2018.

Re: vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

Eddie Oliver
 

On 22/12/2018 12:18, Petan wrote:

Sydney Tramway Museum’s Facebook is reporting our LRRSA yahoogroup member Noel Reed has passed on.

"DEPOT ONLY” - vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SydneyTramwayMuseum/posts/?ref=page_internal


Tragic news. Noel contributed an incredible amount to the recording and analysis of railway/tramway history as well as being a major figure in signalling matters. His willingness to share information  and resources was legendary, and a lot of people owe huge gratitude to him.



vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

Petan
 

Sydney Tramway Museum’s Facebook is reporting our LRRSA yahoogroup member Noel Reed has passed on.

"DEPOT ONLY” - vale Noel Reed (b1931 - 19 Dec 2018)

 

https://www.facebook.com/pg/SydneyTramwayMuseum/posts/?ref=page_internal

 

Peter Cokley

Gairloch Mill

John Browning
 

The Herbert River district was settled from about 1870 and a handful of prospective sugar planters began to develop properties such as Gairloch, Bemerside, and Macknade. Gairloch mill first crushed in 1872 and closed in 1886.

I have a little of the corporate history from published sources but there is not much in terms of detailed descriptions of operations apart from this account of 1882, before the ropeway. http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article3409367

A photo of the manager’s house is here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:StateLibQld_1_159778_Gairloch_Sugar_Mill,_Ingham,_Queensland,_ca._1881.jpg 

 

It would be interested to know what happened to the aerial tramway after the closure of Gairloch when the plant was sold off. I assume the cane on the north side of the river then went to Ripple Creek Mill.

 

Best wishes

 

John

 

Gairloch Sugar Mill

PH
 

Hello,

I am researching a gentleman by the name of Oscar Schulze, who supplied the Bleichert Aerial Ropeway which was erected across the Herbert River in 1883 to the Gairloch Sugar Mill.

 

My Trove article from the Sydney Daily Telegraph of 22nd Oct 1883 says it was 2500 feet long with a 500 ft span across the river.

The only information I have been able to find is a mention made in a speech made by the Governor of Queensland when opening a bridge across the river at Gairloch 18th Mach 2014.

Does the LRRSA have any information on the Gairloch Sugar Mill, now defunct I believe? The local Historical Society has drawn a blank also...

Regards
Philip Hammon

Re: Perry 3' and 3'6" Locomotives

leon.franklin@...
 

I know this is an old topic, but from an old Pioneer Mill report on the history of the Pioneer railway and loco fleet the three Perry's were converted to 0-4-2 as they were "playing havoc with the track".
Excerpt from the report follows:

"Pioneer No.2 or 'Tiapan' and Kilrie were 15 ton, 2 wheel coupled, coal fired Perry locos bought second hand in 1949 from Mount Morgan. Neither of these Perrys had a bogie under the cab when put on the run. They developed a swinging, pitching motion which played havoc with the lines. The bogie from the small Kilrie loco was put under Kilrie and a new bogie was made for Pioneer No.2. One of our retired drivers advises that the 16 ton Klondyke loco also had to have a bogie made for it."

Hope this adds a bit more to the reasons behind the conversions.

Leon.

Molasses Wagons

Greg Stephenson
 


Subject: Molasses Wagons

 

G’day all 

 

I’ve been looking at photos and drawings of CSR molasses wagons used on 2foot gauge in Queensland and Fiji as a potential modelling project.

 

I was wondering how these wagons were unloaded as it is unclear from the resources I have to hand.  Was there some type of bottom discharge pipe with valve for unloading?

 

Best wishes

 

Greg Stephenson

Brisbane, Australia

 

GetOutlook for iOS

Light Railways 264

John Dennis
 

Apologies to all those who see this email twice, but I accidentally sent it via yahoo groups rather than to groups.io - thanks to Philip Graham for letting me know. 

Light Railways 264 - December 2018 - was handed over to Australia Post on Monday, so some of you may have already received it. This issues contents are:

The Torrumbarry Tramway, a journey (Vic)
End of an era, a driver’s perspective (Dreamworld, Qld)
Looking back (Mossman, Qld)
Industrial Railway News - 17 items from around Australia and Fiji
Field Reports - A.& D. Munro’s Cabarlah Tramway (Qld)
Letters - Beware up in the Dandenongs; The Cheetham Salt Chronicles – Part 6 (LR 263); WW1 Surplus and Memorialised Locomotives (H&T report LR 263)
Obituary - Arthur J Straffen
Heritage & Tourist News - 13 items from Australia, UK and USA

Delivery to members soon, available at you local newsagent shortly, or available in either paper or PDF form from the LRRSA online shop - go to http://lrrsa.org.au and follow the link.

John Dennis
LRRSA Sales

Photographs from Wales.

Michael C.
 

Dear all,

Members of the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog, working with colleagues from the Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railway are pleased to announce the only surviving Welsh Highland Railway steam locomotive, ‘Russell’ built by the Hunslet Engine Company in 1906 will be running on a section of the original Welsh Highland Railway in 2019!
 
‘Russell’ successfully completed a gauging and inspection run on the 25th November along part of the original line of the Welsh Highland Railway. This represents the first time the locomotive has travelled along this section since 1937, when it was on its way to Dinas to be locked away at the closing of the line.
 
The run was made possible owing to the close working relationship between the two railways in preparation for ‘Russell’ to appear at a special event in 2019 to celebrate the heritage of the Welsh Highland Railway.
 
As part of the Welsh Highland Heritage Weekend between Friday 21st and Sunday 23rd June 2019 ‘Russell’ will be working between the replica 1920s WHR halt at Pen-y-mount, to Pont Croesor and on to Hafod y Llyn.
 
‘Russell’ ran on another section of the line in 2000 when it ran from Caernarfon to Waunfawr. This will be the first opportunity for it to stretch its legs with a longer run since it was restored in 2014 to as close as possible the condition as-built in 1906, at a cost of over £350,000 all covered by private donations.
 
Mark Seale from the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway is project-managing the joint event on behalf of the WHHR and said:
 
“It was important for us to make sure that Russell was fit and well before we made a final commitment to participating in the event. We are aware that many railway enthusiasts are very keen to see Russell running up the line and this is something that we ourselves have wished for, for some time. The inspection run went very well and we are very excited to be supporting the event; we believe that working together we can make a valuable contribution and make the event in June a spectacular weekend.
 
The primary goal for the inspection run was to ensure that Russell’s rather special design of pony truck and running gear will negotiate the curves of the re-instated railway and ensure that enough movement from the trucks is evident on the tightest curve. Whilst the inspection run took place Ffestiniog Railway engineers were invited to take a closer look at the locomotive. The locomotive team at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway will now have the winter to prepare the locomotive.”
 
Graham Farr, the Chairman at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway added:
 
“This is another important milestone in the evolving Welsh Highland Railway story. It demonstrates how ‘Russell’ operated by the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway in Porthmadog can be used to complement and support the further development of the re-instated railway.” 
 
Welsh Highland Heritage Railway members are looking forward to working with our Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railway colleagues. Hopefully this will be a first step and the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway looks forward to operating more heritage trains beyond our station at Pen-y-mount in the future. Watch this space…
 
Ffestiniog and Welsh Highland Railways General Manager Paul Lewin comments:

The 21st - 23rd of June will be THE narrow gauge event of the year. 2019 is looking like being an epic year for the Welsh Highland Railway 21 years on from the first trains running out of Caernarfon. Not only will we see the opening of two new stations we will also enjoy visiting locos that will go a long way toward recreating so many Welsh Highland heritage scenes of years gone by and some fascinating additional visitors too.
 
The first visiting loco we can announce following the successful test last weekend is NWNG locomotive Russell in the care of our friends at the Welsh Highland Heritage Railway. Keep a close eye on the press in coming months as we hope to announce further attractions for this long summer weekend.
 
I would like to add at this point that we have really enjoyed working with the team at WHHR on the technical tests. We are looking forward to sharing the pleasure of seeing Russell in action with our many supporters and friends. 

Photographs can be seen here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/55958391@N07/albums/72157676088464488

And if you'd like to see some amazing footage shot from a drone (not mine) visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=21UskbZFaL4

Cheers,

Michael Chapman