THE ABERCANYON RAILROAD
A 45mm Gauge Railway
by Mike and Cecilia Lilley
25th June 2017
The following photographs are courtesy of Mike Barton,
except where noted otherwise
Phil Vose's Billie prepares to leave the station with a short goods train, above.
Below, David Williams' DHR "B" Class tank engine takes a goods train around the main line.
Above, Brian and Isobel's battery quarry engine is seen with a train of tipper wagons.
Below, Mike Lilley's Sandy River & Rangeley Lakes Railroad No. 24 has been overhauled and re-painted at the Rhos Helyg Locomotive Workshops during the winter. It came out for a run during the event and is seen, below, passing Brian and isobel's train.
Isobel has been making a new IP Engineering Tralee & Dingle Pickup kit. It is seen, below, crossing the level crossing.
Above, Gavin Cooper's "Caledonia" brings an Isle of Man special train out of the station, while the railbus waits on the bridge for a clear line to return to the station.
Below, "Caledonia" brings the train around the bend on the viaduct.
Above, the SR&RL No. 24 brings its train round the bend.
Mike Barton has been changing the bogies on his railbus, which was converted from an IP Engineering kit. The new power bogies are re-gaugeable and the event provided the opportunity for its first test run on 45 mm gauge track. The railbus is seen, below, waiting to leave the station.
Terry Timms brought along his scratch built 7/8" scale Decauville. The engine is beautifully made and has a ceramic burner which is gas fired. The burner needs a draught to maintain the fire, similar to a coal fired engine, and so an electric blower was used to get the boiler up to pressure before the steam blower/exhaust could take over. Also, as the on-board gas tank is of a limited size, Terry used an external butane gas tank to get the pressure raised initially before reverting to the on-board supply, above.
Below, Terry's run was unfortunately of limited length due to a problem arising with the radio control. The engine is seen, below, leaving the steam up area, and although the engine has an axle pump for water delivery, the hand pump handle has been left in place at this stage for convenience.
Above, Terry Timms' scratch built battery powered gauge 1 diesel shunter was running slowly and smoothly. Terry's skill as an engineering craftsman speaks for itself!
Below, Gavin Cooper's WD Baldwin No. 583 with a goods train.
Mike Lilley acquired his Nevada Short Line Mogul No. 1 last year and the engine was brought out for a run at the event, seen above, with a mixed train.
Below, Dave Mills' Unitah Railway Mallet takes the mixed train.