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And, to go with these engines Phil has been making some Penrhyn wagons constructed from David Bailey kits, four of which are seen, below.
Above: The underside view of the Ruston showing the drive chains to the rear axle. The intermediate shaft is where the drive chains would be connected to the gearbox on the prototype loco and a slight amount of up and down adjustment on the bearings for this shaft allows any slack to be taken out of the drive chains. The rear axle has a centre bearing giving 3 point suspension.
The Deltang receiver is housed in the rear toolbox with a 1 amp fuse, below.
Phil has now modified his second 7/8th scale quarry Hunslet to be a model of the Penrhyn loco EDWARD SHOLTO. The model is fitted with a new chimney and some other parts, plus the application of lining transfers and partial repainting. It is currently awaiting the fitting of radio control as fitted to the first loco, HUGH NAPIER. The two locos are seen together, below.
The Ruston diesel loco, seen below, is also 7/8th scale and is constructed from an IP Engineering kit with additional parts -
a larger Heljan Motor with Flywheel; Motionco drive chains and sprockets; Strikalite battery pack; ACME Engineering sound unit; Deltang radio control receiver and Model Earth loco driver.
It is based as near as possible on the Cilgwyn/Moel Tryfan Quarry loco in the slate museum at Llanberis.
Phil tells us:
"This kit is a rather odd concoction of MDF inner frames, Plastikard outer frames and white metal castings but went together reasonably well. However the additional parts required as noted above cost 1½ times the cost of the original kit!
If anyone is interested in what else I'm doing in model railways, I have a thread running on the RMweb forum. This is at www.RMweb.co.uk - type "Moving Coal" in the search box and it should take you straight there."
I have an particular interest in the Penrhyn because many years ago with a school friend we called at Port Penrhyn one day and were told that a party would be travelling up to the quarry later and if we wished we could travel with them. So we got a return ride up the railway in one of the quarrymen's coaches. I made more than a dozen more visits to the quarry before the rail system finished completely in 1967.
When I left school to pursue a career in civil engineering my first job was in the drawing office at Penmaenmawr Quarry. A major incentive for choosing that employer was no doubt the fact that the quarry still operated part of its 3 foot gauge system and during the course of work we had occasion to travel up and down the inclines including the last gravity worked incline, quite a hair raising experience particularly going down when the wagons were full and you had to stand on the end of the frame. One of the two weeks annual holiday was taken when the quarry closed for production between Christmas and New Years Day. However the slate quarries worked that week, apart from Christmas and Boxing Days, and this gave an opportunity to see the slate quarry systems in action. On 29th December 1964 I visited Penrhyn and photographed OGWEN in use on the Twlldwndwr Level, the first working level above Red Lion, with Iorwerth Jones in charge, just over two weeks before it worked for the very last time. On the next working level up CEGIN was in use with MARCHLYN out of use in the shed. WINIFRED was also seen out of use in Red Lion Shed. The following day I did a full tour of Dinorwic where HOLY WAR, DOLBADARN and GEORGE B were in action.
On New Years Day I was back at Penrhyn and OGWEN and CEGIN were again recorded on film. At Coed-y-Parc I was surprised to see NESTA and GLYDER newly repainted and standing on the old 'main line' track through the yard. On enquiring I was told that the BBC were coming later that day to make a film about the quarry locomotives. Somewhat intrigued I called back later and found the filming in progress with the BBC journalist Fyfe Robertson reporting for the current affairs programme 'Tonight' on how the steam locomotives at the quarry were being replaced by diesels. This was the programme seen by the US antique dealer C.B.Arnette who subsequently purchased the last six working locomotives for export to the USA. Of the six, NESTA and CEGIN are believed to be unrestored and stored in Puerto Rico; OGWEN and GLYDER have been returned to the UK but not yet restored; WINIFRED is restored mechanically but not yet externally on the Bala Lake Railway and MARCHLYN has been fully restored by the Statfold Barn Railway.