A 45mm Gauge Railway
by Ray and Brenda Waters
3rd July 2016
The following photographs are courtesy of Mike Barton,
except where noted otherwise
Above, Phil Hindley's 7/8th scale Ruston with a slate train passing through "Porthmadog" station.
Mike Lilley prepares the resident Alco for a run at the raised level steam up bay, above. The engine was then taken down the double gradient to the main line without the braking effect of the rack engine!
Above, the Alco passes the mill and cottages with its passenger train.
Below, the train enters "Tan y Bwlch" station and passes a waiting goods train.
Above, John Brodie's latest small engine creation takes a beer train through "Porthmadog" station, passing Mike Barton's steam crane train in the process.
And, a short while later Mike's Leader was ready to take the crane out to help carry out some work on the line, below.
Below, the steam crane rounds the bend heading back into "Porthmadog" station at the end of its work.
John Brodie's new Silver Lady was rostered to take a passenger train and is seen, above, at a crossing on the lower part of the line.
Below, the engine emerges from the tunnel mouth near the slate mine goods interchange station.
Above, when John's engine had finished its run Phil Hindley's "Hugh Napier" (7/8ths scale) took over the train, seen above passing one of the line-side cottages.
Above, Gavin Cooper drives a goods train, headed by his Leek and Manifold locomotive, across the stream bridge as Ray and Tony Willmore ponder the delights of running a garden railway!
And, once Gavin's L&M locomotive had finished its run he fired up his new Darjeeling Himalayan Railway "B Class" engine to try out its new "Slomo" that he has fitted. Ray and Brenda's line has some "interesting" gradients and the engine fitted with its Slomo coped very successfully with the ups and downs along the line, below.
Towards the end of the day Brenda brought out her WW1 train of troops and ammunition to run behind her Alco. The train is seen, above, departing "Porthmadog" station with the troops.
It is seen, below, as it crosses the bridge by "Muncaster Mill".