THE PEAR TREE LIGHT RAILWAY
A 32mm Gauge Railway built by
David, Janet and David Williams
The Latest News Update:
David's new ELR coal fired NG/G16 locomotive has arrived. David tells us :
"It is turned out as NG142, which like the WHR's 138, 140 and 143 was based on the Port Shepstone-Harding, line in KwaZulu-Natal and which later became the Alfred County Railway. Last reports indicate that in 2010 the full size prototype was in a derelict condition at 'Claasen's Siding', just North of Paddock; although I am unaware of its current status. Of course, the real reason for picking 142, was that '1' was a given for this batch of NG/G16s and '42' is 'The answer to life the universe and everything'.
I am pleased to report it runs very well, steams prodigiously and, as you would expect, has dismissed with contempt all loads so far attempted.
I am afraid there won't be any pictures of it in steam, until another crew has been trained for coal firing duties, and leave me free to wield a camera."
The locomotive, not in steam, is seen below.
The Pear Tree Light Railway is a 32mm gauge line with continuous running and shunting facilities and is mostly at ground level, with shunting and steam up areas raised above ground level by approximately 1200mm. It has a minimum track radius of 4 ft. 6 ins. and the loading gauge clearances are 150 mm width and 190 mm height. There is no track power on this line. The ruling gradient on this line is 1:72.