Chasewater Railway Gala – Next Weekend – September 6th & 7th

Next Weekend – September 6th & 7th

Beyer Peacock No.1827 and the home fleet

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Chasewater Sept Gala 2014

Classic Streamliners – ‘Route of the Florida Sunbeam’ & The City of Los Angeles

Classic Streamliners

‘Route of the Florida Sunbeam’

Florida Sunbeam

THE FLORIDA SUNBEAM was operated by the New York Central System, the Southern Railway System, and the Seaboard Airline Railroad. On Jan. 1, 1936 the Florida Sunbeam was inaugurated as a winter-only train between Cincinnati and both coasts of Florida with through cars from Great Lakes cities. In 1949 it was replaced with the much faster, streamlined NEW ROYAL PALM on a changed routing. This linen postcard depicts an ALCO DL-109 diesel locomotive pulling the train. It was advertised as being diesel powered between Cincinnati, Ohio and Valdosta, Georgia.

“The City of Los Angeles: Union Pacific’s Top-of-the-Line Streamlined Passenger Train”

City of Los Angeles

Postcard photo of the streamliner City of Los Angeles near Sterling, Illinois and traveling along the Rock River. The train is pulled by a EMC E2 locomotive. The City of Los Angeles was a streamlined passenger train between Chicago, Illinois, and Los Angeles, California via Omaha, Nebraska, and Ogden, Utah. Between Omaha and Los Angeles it ran on the Union Pacific Railroad; east of Omaha it ran on the Chicago and North Western Railway until October 1955 and on the Milwaukee Road thereafter. This train was the top-of-the-line for the Union Pacific, which marketed it as a competitor to the Super Chief, a streamlined passenger train on the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway, and the Golden State, a streamlined passenger train jointly operated by the Rock Island and Southern Pacific railroads. As with the City of Los Angeles, many of the train’s cars bore the names of locales in and around its namesake city. Circa late 1940s.

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Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014

Model Railway Exhibitions – September 2014

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• Soar Valley Model Railway Club – Heart of the Midlands Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 6th September 2014 – Sun 7th September 2014
• University of Loughborough, Holywell Park Conference Centre, Loughborough, Leicestershire LE11 3GR

OPENING TIMES: 10:30am-5:00pm (4:00pm ON SUNDAY)
ADMISSION: Adults £8.00 Concessions £7.00 Children £4.00 Family £20.00
*LAST MINUTE CHANGE OF VENUE* Due to circumstances beyond the control of the University and ourselves, we have had to move venue to the Holywell Park Conference Centre. Free on-site parking, disabled access, refreshments available. Bus connections from Loughborough Railway Station, Town Centre and Leicester City Centre. 5 minutes from M1 Junction 23.
CONTACT: 01530450187
QUICKINFO:
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• The Gauge 0 Guild Ltd – Guildex 2014

• Sat 6th September 2014 – Sun 7th September 2014
• International Centre, St Quentins Gate, Telford, Shropshire TF3 4JH

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10.00 TILL 5pm SUN 10.00 TILL 4pm
ADMISSION: Adults £12.00
Members are admitted for £5.00 on production of valid membership card. Apart from 2 Guild test tracks, in 7mm fine scale, there will be 15 layouts. As usual there will be the Guild Bring and Buy stand and the Executor and Trustee Stand present, and Guild Services stands. Ten Demonstrators and the Loco Clinic will be attending. Around 90 Traders will be on hand to provide most of what is available in 7mm scale. Reduced rate £5.00 for members with valid card.

This is the Annual two day Convention of the Gauge 0 Guild and draws together membership from all over the world. The Annual General Meeting is also held on the Sunday, separately from the Show.

CONTACT: 0845 603 6213
QUICKINFO:
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• Apedale Valley Light Railway – Tracks to the Trenches 2014

• Fri 12th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Apedale Country Park, Loomer Road, Chesterton, Newcastle Under Lyme, Staffordshire ST5 7LB

OPENING TIMES: FRI 12pm – 5.30pm, SAT & SUN 10.30am – 5.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £8.00 Concessions £8.00 Children £4.00 Family £20.00
As part of the Track to the Trenches event at Apedale Valley Light Railway marking 100 years since the start of the First World War, we will be displaying 10 model exhibits plus a 7 1/4″ miniature ride-on-railway.

CONTACT: 08450941953
QUICKINFO:
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• Warners Group Publications – RM Web Live!

• Sat 13th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Ricoh Arena, Phoenix Way, Foleshill, Coventry, Warwickshire CV6 6GE

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £11.00 Children £5.50 Family £33.00
Whether you’re an existing modeller looking to enhance your skills, or you’re interested in trying something new and don’t know where to start – RMWeb Live is a brand new railway modelling event with a difference! A series of skills zones and demonstrations covering key modelling topics will be taking centre stage. There will also be quality exhibitors, the RMWeb Theatre and a variety of model railways – some never seen before at a railway modelling even

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• Meridienne Exhibitions – The International N Gauge Show

• Sat 13th September 2014 – Sun 14th September 2014
• Warwickshire Exhibition Centre, the Fosse, Fosse Way, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire CV31 1XN

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-5pm, SUN 10am-4.00pm
ADMISSION: Adults £9.50 Concessions £8.50 Children £4.50
The International N Gauge Show will be returning on the 13th and 14th September and is set to be the best show to date. Many of the leading manufacturers and suppliers have already confirmed their attendance and the full list of exhibitors and layouts can be seen below. This is updated regularly as more exhibitors confirm they are joining us. This is an exhibition dedicated to N Gauge Modelling at its best and attracts nearly 3, 000 enthusiasts every year. Make a note in your diary now.

QUICKINFO:
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• Trent Valley Model Railway Society – Lichfield Model Railway Exibition

• Sat 20th September 2014
• Emmanuel Christian Centre, Netherstowe, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS13 6TS

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am-4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £4.00 Concessions £3.00 Children £3.00 Family £11.00
Our 4th show is back and better than ever 14 layouts covering all the popular gauges with a variety off different eras and countries a great friendly show for all the family

Bournville Model Railway Club - Pete Bridge

Bournville Model Railway Club – Pete Bridge

• Redditch Model Railway Club Ltd – 41st Redditch Model Railway Exhibition

• Sat 20th September 2014 – Sun 21st September 2014
• Trinity High School, Grove Street, Redditch, Worcestershire B98 8HB

OPENING TIMES: SAT 10am – 5pm, SUN 10am – 4.30pm
ADMISSION: Adults £5.00 Concessions £4.50 Children £3.00 Family £14.00
This is the 41st Redditch Model Railway Exhibition and will feature the debut of the club’s new exhibition layout Oakenshaw. Venue is off access 1 on town centre ring road 15 minutes from junction 2 or 3 on the M42. 15 minute walk from the rail and bus stations – train every 30 minutes from Birmingham New Street both days

The exhibition will see the exhibition debut of Redditch Model Railway Club’s new layout Oakenshaw

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• Warley Model Railway Club – Warley / Macmillan Coffee Morning

• Sat 27th September 2014
• Unit 1f, Pearsall Drive, Oldbury, West Midlands B69 2RA

OPENING TIMES: 11am – 4pm
See the Warley Model Railway Club at home. Free admission. Layouts, demonstrations and refreshments available. A fun day out for all the family and enthsiasts alike. Have a go controlling on Yardlea our 00 gauge club layout. Layouts on show in N gauge, 00 gauge, O gauge, 7mm finscale, EM gauge, Narrow gauge and G scale. All in aid of the Macmillan Coffee Morning.

CONTACT:
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Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Furness Railway and Furness & Midland Joint Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Furness Railway and Furness & Midland Joint Railway

RavenglassThe Furness Railway had a more attractive furniture motif than many lines. Its squirrel lives on in this seat from Millom, now at the Ravenglass terminus of the Ravenglass & Eskdale Railway. (P.van Zeller)

Furness Railway

Seen as a link between Barrow and mines at Lindal, the company was incorporated on 23 May 1844. There was also a 3ft 2¼in gauge line to a slate quarry at Kirkby. Despite poetic fury from Wordsworth, the line progressed well, to be in use by 3 June 1846 and officially opened on 12 August. An extension from Kirkby to Broughton was opened in late February 1848. The discovery of enormous deposits of haematite at Park, north of Barrow, in 1850 made the company one of the most prosperous of its time. A national slump after 1870 prompted thoughts of sale to the Midland Railway in 1875, but a change of emphasis from goods to tourists kept the company successful until the outbreak of the First World War. Absorption of smaller companies extended its system, until by 1918 it owned 428¾ track miles, including sidings. The company remained independent until the Grouping.

Borwick Furness & Mid JtBorwick, on the Furness & Midland Joint Railway. The station (right distance) was built before the railway: when the line arrives, it passed 50 yards to the south-east, and a second station (foreground) had to be built. (Andrew C.Ingram)

Furness & Midland Joint Railway

A link between Wennington (Midland Railway) and Carnforth (Furness Railway) was suggested by the Midland Railway which wanted a share in the rich iron ore traffic from Furness, and offered boat-train traffic to Barrow in exchange. The London & North Western Railway, which had hitherto controlled the FR at both ends, opposed, but a company was incorporated on 22 June 1863, running powers over the FR making life easier for the LNWR. The 9¾ mile line, financed jointly by the two companies and managed by a Joint Committee, opened for goods on 10 April 1867, and to passengers on 6 June. It crossed the LNWR north of Carnforth to a station on the west, a curve leading into the northern side of the LNWR station. The company remained independent until the Grouping.

Furness railway No.20

Furness Railway No.20


The Furness Railway Trust

The Furness Railway Trust – with assets like 1863-built Furness Railway Number 20 and the ex Furness and North London Railway coach – is also working to keep the memory of the Furness Railway alive.

The FRT owns Britain’s oldest working standard gauge steam locomotive, Furness Railway Number 20, GWR duo 0-6-2T 5643 and 4979 “Wootton Hall”, Austerity “Cumbria” and our vintage train.
We are based in the North West of England but our locomotives and carriages are found at heritage railway sites nationwide.
Our fund-raising and your support keeps us going. Why not Gift Aid a donation?!

http://www.furnessrailwaytrust.org.uk/

1663 FR Axle boxFurness Railway Axle Box – in the Chasewater Railway Museum Collection

05069 FR,M&CR,GER, Paddy Train at Pool Pits Junction 24-2-1951Carriages from the Great Eastern Railway, the Maryport & Carlisle Railway and Furness Railway making up the Cannock & Rugeley Colliery ‘Paddy’ train, taken at Pool Pits Junction, Hednesford 24-2-1951

 

Canal News August 30-31 – Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Canal News August 30-31

Over Canal Festival & Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta

Over Canal Festival

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANarrowboats on the Gloucester & Sharpness Canal, with the River Severn in the background. Copyright Chris Handscombe

30 – 31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm
Address
Over Basin,
Gloucester,
GL2 8DB

A festival showcasing the restoration of the Hereford & Gloucester Canal. Entry is free and the attractions include a Beer and Cider Festival, Dancing, Craft Stalls and Boat Trips along the restored section of the canal.

 

Ellesmere Port Model Boat Club Regatta and fun day

Model BoatsModel Boats putting on a show.
31 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 3:00 pm
Address
National Waterways Museum, South Pier Road, Ellesmere Port, Cheshire. CH65 4FW.

The 31 August presents a fascinating day out at the National Waterways Museum, come along and find out more about this wonderful hobby.
Come and see an exhibition of model boating skills or have a go yourself. This is really something for all the family.

 

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era 1941 – Gresley Lightweight 2-6-2 – London & North Eastern Railway

Steam Locomotives of a Leisurely Era
1941 – Gresley Lightweight 2-6-2
London & North Eastern Railway

No.61701 as running in 1950

No.61701 as running in 1950

This was Sir Nigel Gresley’s last design, and consisted of two engines only, No.3401 ‘Bantam Cock’ and No.3402, unofficially known as ‘Bantam Hen’, although it never actually bore the name.
They were intended to become the prototypes of a new standard class of lighter general purpose engine to replace the aging ‘Atlantics’ and other types from the former GNR, GCR and the rest of the various LNER constituent companies, but owing to Sir Nigel’s untimely death no more were built. E.Thompson, who succeeded him, had different ideas on the subject, and introduced his B1 4-6-0 mixed traffic class for the same purpose. The two Gresley engines spent most of their time in Scotland, mainly on the West Highland lines, but as a non-standard class both were withdrawn in 1957. In 1946 they had become Nos.1700 and 1701, and later BR Nos. 61700-1.
Driving wheels – 5’ 8”, Cylinders (3) – 15”x 26”, Pressure – 250 lb., Tractive effort – 27420 lb., Weight – 70 tons 8 cwt., LNER classification – V4, BR classification – 4MT

Bantam Hen

275 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 2 – From the Board Room

275 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004
Part 2 – From the Board Room

Board Room 1Board Room 2Board Room 3Board Room 4Pic Back CoverThe Beattie Well tank at Chasewater Heaths towards sunset

Some Early Lines – Old Railway Companies – Mid-Wales Railway

Some Early Lines

Old Railway Companies

Mid-Wales Railway

Mid Wales Railway RhyaderRhayader (Mid-Wales Railway) lost its train service (officially) on 31 December 1962, an event perhaps foreshadowed by the right-hand poster on the end wall, headed ‘TRANSPORT ACT’ which was possibly giving notice of closure. Prospects for the station seemed as dismal as the weather.

 

Llanidloes StnLlanidloes station, with southbound Mid-Wales line train
View northward, towards Moat Lane Junction: ex-Cambrian Railway Mount Lane – Builth – Three Cocks line. Back in 1949, ex-Cambrian or ex-GW 0-6-0’s worked most of the traffic on this line, which was closed on 31/12/62 although goods traffic continued as far as Llanidloes until 4/5/64. No. 2483 is a GW ‘Dean Goods’ 0-6-0 (built 5/1896, withdrawn 9/52).
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The line was authorised in two sections – the Northern end, Llandiloes-Llandovery, on 1 August 1859, the Southern length (Newbridge-on-Wye to Three Cocks) on 3 July 1860. The Company also gained control of the Three Cocks – Talyllyn section, hitherto owned by the HH&BR. The first sod was cut in a downpour on 2 September, but further work on the 46.75 miles was delayed until 1862. Formal opening took place on 23 August 1864, and the line opened to goods on 1 September. The Company worked the HH&BR while that company was sorting out its ‘illegal’ amalgamation with the B&MTJR, but then had money trouble. Locomotives and rolling stock were sold, WA with the Cambrian Railway were signed, with effect from 2 April 1888, and vesting followed from 24 June 1904. The line was used intensively for coal traffic going north to Scapa Flow during the Great War.

Three cocks JnThree Cocks Junction Station, with Hereford – Brecon train
View NE, towards Hereford to the right by the ex-Midland line; ahead to the left the ex-Cambrian Mid-Wales Line joined from Moat Lane Junction via Builth Wells and both continued to Brecon – to the left. The train from Hereford is headed by ex-Midland 3F 0-6-0 No. 43600.
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The Mid-Wales Railway (MWR) was an early railway company operating in Mid-Wales. It was a constituent part of the Cambrian Railways.
Parliament had authorised both the MWR and the Manchester and Milford Railway to connect Llanidloes to Aberystwyth, and so the M&MR had prioritised construction in the Llanidloes area. Eventually an agreement was reached to form the joint Llanidloes and Newtown Railway, which extended 1.5 miles (2.4 km) south to Pentrabane junction, where the MWR and M&MR’s short-lived Llangurig branch diverged. The L&NR opened its line in 1859, enabling through working to and from the MWR line.

EPSON scanner imageBuilth Road (Low Level) Station
View SE, towards Three Cocks Junction and Brecon; ex-Cambrian, Mid-Wales line, Brecon – Three Cocks Junction – Moat Lane Junction. The station and the line throughout were closed completely on 31/12/62, but the goods yard here remained connected to the High Level line until 6/9/65.
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The MWR worked the line of the Hereford, Hay and Brecon Railway from 1 October 1868 until that company was taken over by the Midland Railway on 1 October 1869. The line from Builth Road to Llandovery was not built, but a connection to the Central Wales Extension Railway was completed on 1 November 1866, enabling goods trains to run to and through that station.
Stations
At Brecon, following the initial opening of three separate stations, a joint station was created at Free Street.
At Llanidloes railway station, the grand junction building that was created in anticipation of M&MR traffic which never materialised, since the Mid Wales Railway never completed their section of the Llangurig – Strata Florida – Aberystwyth line.

Rhayader_stationRhayader station, Powys, shortly before closure in 1962

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274 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004 Part 1 – Editorial

274 – Chasewater Railway Museum Bits & Pieces
From Chasewater News – Autumn 2004
Part 1 – Editorial

Front CoverEditorial 1Editorial 2Pic Beattie causeway

Canal News – Alvecote, Market Drayton & Alrewas

Canal News

Annual Alvecote Working Boat gathering

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

A Boat Trip on the Coventry Canal

23 Aug 2014
1100 am – 8:00 pm
Address
Samuel Barlow
Robeys Lane
Alvecote
Near Tamworth
Staffs
B78 1AS

Head to the boat gathering at Alvecote Marina on the Coventry Canal, with stalls and entertainment galore.
Attractions will include historic working boats from the Narrowboat Trust, live music, a beer festival, craft stalls and lots more.

Floating market at Market Drayton

Floating Market

Floating Market

22 – 25 Aug 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Address
Market Drayton, Cheshire
Make your way to Market Drayton on the Shropshire Union Canal and enjoy a few hours browsing around a market with a difference.
Come and browse at this floating market where colourful narrowboats will be selling everything from tiller pins to take-aways.
Why not take your family along and take a walk along the picturesque towpath while you’re there?
Trading boats
The RCTA is still taking bookings from trading boats. For more information and to book your place at one of these events visit http://www.canaltraders.org.uk/markets.html.
If you’ve got any questions about the upcoming markets please contact michael@canaltraders.org.uk.

Alrewas Arts Festival

Alrewas
23 – 30 Aug 2014
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Address
Alrewas, near Lichfield
Staffordshire

The picturesque village of Alrewas is staging a week-long arts festival, kicking off with an arts and crafts street market on the opening Saturday followed by a ceilidh at the village hall in the evening.
Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, will be Music Monday with a variety of bands and musicians playing at pubs and clubs throughout the village from noon until midnight. Art and photographic exhibitions will be open to the public throughout the week and it will be a good opportunity for canal boats, displaying and selling crafts, to moor up in the village.
A graffiti art project involving local youngsters will be on display under one of the canal bridges, so watch out for it as you pass.
There will also be a variety of entertainment on offer, including a folk breakfast, lunchtime concerts, drama, dance, comedy, storytelling, poetry performances and daily morning movies for youngsters. There will be big art events and some patchwork surprises.
The festival will end with a twilight lantern parade, firework display and a grand finale open-air concert on the village playing field, featuring some great bands, ranging from jazz to hard rock.
There is no charge and all are welcome. Bring chairs, blankets, wine and nibbles and enjoy. To find out more and view pictures and video clips from previous festivals, go to the festival website: http://www.alrewas-artsfest.co.uk