THE SLING AND LAVAN TRAMWAY
A 32mm Gauge Railway built by
Mike and Caroline Barton
All photographs courtesy of Mike Barton.
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The Sling and Lavan Tramway is a 32mm gauge line with continuous running and shunting facilities. It is partly at ground level but with a steam up bay raised above ground level by approximately 1000mm, and other sections raised by between approximately 300mm - 1200mm above ground level. It has a minimum track radius on the main line of approximately 4 ft. and the loading gauge clearances are 150 mm width and 180 mm height. There is no track power on this line. The ruling gradient on this line is approximately 1:50.
A Close Shave for "Sir Christopher Wren"
Mike has recently been undertaking some repair and refurbishment work on his “Metrovick” type loco “Sir Christopher Wren” following problems with the electronic speed control earlier in the year. The engine was in bits in the Tramway's workshop when the remnants of Hurricane Ophelia struck North Wales in the middle of October. Mike was away at the time and returned home to discover that a large bough from a nearby Maple tree had come off in the storm .....
– and narrowly missed the workshop!
If the bough had dropped just a few feet further over “Sir Christopher Wren” might have been seriously injured. As it was, the workshop escaped with just slight damage to the roofing felt but with no structural damage, thank goodness!
Sir Christopher's parts have now been relocated to the shelter of the house whilst the remains of the tree are made safe!
The adjacent garden tool shed and the nearby stone wall,
however, were not so lucky!!!!