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Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1903 – 4-6-0 ‘Cardean’ Class Caledonian Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1903 – 4-6-0 ‘Cardean’ Class

Caledonian Railway

No. 14750 as running in 1932No. 14750 as running in 1932

The first two engines of this celebrated class were Nos.49 and 50, turned out in 1903.  At the time of their appearance they were the most powerful engines in the country.  Five more of them came out in 1906 to slightly modified dimensions, Nos. 903-7, No. 903 being the well-known ‘Cardean’.  No. 50 was ‘Sir James Thompson’, but both of these lost their names at the grouping, when they became LMS Nos. 14750 and 14751 (49 and 50), and 14752-55 (Nos. 903-6).  All were superheated in 1911 and 1912, but otherwise remained practically unaltered except for the removal of the smokebox wingplates on the first two engines.  Nos. 14752-5 were scrapped between 1927 and 1930, but the original pair lasted until 1933.

Dimensions as superheated:

Nos. 49 and 50

Driving wheels – 6’ 6”,  Bogie wheels – 3’ 6”,  Cylinders – 20¾”x 26” (orig. 21”),  Pressure – 175 lb.  (orig. 200 lb),  Tractive effort – 21348 lb. (orig. 24990 lb),  Weight – 71½ tons,  LMS classification – 4P

Nos. 903-7

Driving wheels – 6’ 6”,  Bogie wheels – 3’ 6”,  Cylinders – 20¾”x 26” (orig. 20”),  Pressure – 175 lb.  (orig. 200 lb),  Tractive effort – 21348 lb. (orig. 22667 lb),  Weight – 74¼ tons,  LMS classification – 4P

14750McIntosh ‘49’ class 4P No. 14750 leaves Perth with the 5.30pm Aberdeen-Glasgow, the one-time ‘Grampian Express’, in July 1926.  As can be seen from the Caledonian route indicator the train is routed via Coatbridge into Glasgow Central in order to provide good connections with the night trains to the south.  There were only two engines built to this design, forerunners of the ‘Cardean’ class and when built at Saint Rollox in 1903 they were the most powerful express engines in the country.  Withdrawal of both took place in 1933.  The first coach is one of the well-known CR ‘Grampian’ twelve-wheelers first introduced in 1905 and is a brake third whilst the second coach is a CR eight-wheel composite.  The third is a Pullman dining car, one of an eventual total of sixteen Pullman cars which ran on CR routes from 1914 onwards.  All were sold to the LMS in 1933 and the author observed one still in use in 1959 on an Inverness-Kyle of Lochalsh train.  (Locomotive Publishing Co.

907No. 907, here shown on a southbound West Coast express near Elvanfoot, had a sad end in the Quintinshill disaster of 1915, when she was struck head-on by a 4-4-0 No.121.  (H. Gordon Tidey.

904John F. McIntosh’s Caledonian Railway ‘Cardean’ class No. 904.  (C. Hamilton Ellis

Canal News 2013 – Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

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Canal News 2013

Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation

from footbridgeThe Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation

Taken from the footbridge, looking south east towards Ulting.  © Copyright Trevor Harris and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Date: 16th-23rd February

 Location: Maldon, Essex

Leaders: Chris Byrne (leader)

Cost: £56 | Accommodation: Danbury Outdoor Centre | activites: towpath repairs, vegetation clearance


The Chelmer and Blackwater Navigation runs through a largely unspoilt part of rural Essex and connects Chelmsford with the tidal estuary of the River Blackwater at Heybridge Basin. In 2005 our sister organisation, Essex Waterways, took over the management of the navigation. To help maintain this beautiful waterway WRG is running more camps this year.

What’s going on in 2013 …

So why not join the Essex Waterways team as they have an array of tasks waiting for you! Get stuck into various improvement works including towpath maintenance, vegetation control and tree management along the Navigation.

Being maintenance work, camps on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation are different from our normal restoration projects but if you fancy helping us keep this active and vibrant waterway alive then this is the camp for you!

LockRushey Lock

Rushey Lock is on the Chelmer & Blackwater Navigation. The TL8 Northing passes through the lock behind the gates. The G.R is for the apex of the gates in the picture.   © Copyright Glyn Baker and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Canal News – November 16th 2012

Canal News – November 16th 2012

Lock on MontgomeryCanal

View of restored lock on Montgomery Canal taken from Morrisons supermarket car park in Welshpool .  © Copyright John Firth and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Welshpool Lock open day, Montgomery Canal, 17 November 2012

Come and watch us replacing and refurbishing the gates at Welshpool Lock. If you arrive at the right time you’ll even get to see a fish rescue.

Fish rescue at Hollybank basin

We’re draining the lock so that our engineers can carry out a detailed inspection and repair the brickwork before replacing the bottom lock gates, which date back to 1973.

Come and see the stoppage works taking place as part of the overall restoration of the Montgomery Canal and you’ll have the chance to join a guided tour and walk down into a drained lock chamber.

As part of this project we’ll carry out a small-scale fish rescue. This is your chance to get close up to some of the many fish species our waterways are home to.

Powysland Museum, located next to the lock, will be open with free entry on the day. Go inside to hear talks about the heritage of the local canal network, as well as learn about local history. Refreshments will also be served here.

Dogs and children are welcome.

Time: 10am-4pm (last entry strictly 3:15pm; site closes 3:45pm)

Address: Welshpool Lock on the Montgomery Canal, Powys, SY21 7AQ

Parking: Pay & display car park at Morrisons next to the lock. Tescos car park over the bridge (charges apply)

   Hillmorton Lock 4, Oxford Canal, 18 November 2012

Come and see the work taking place on one of the busiest lock flights in the country. We’ll be draining the lock and installing commemorative lock gates.

Locklines arts project

We’re offering you the chance to descend into a drained lock chamber to get a closer look at the maintenance work taking place on this unusual twin flight on the Oxford Canal.

We’ll also install a pair of commemorative lock gates, designed by artist Peter Coates, built in our own workshops and inscribed with a poem by Roy Fisher. Make sure you don’t miss out on this historic moment.

Hillmorton Locks, Rugby, Warwickshire

The flight of locks at Hillmorton consists of three pairs, the bottom pair (here) numbered 2 and 3, then up to Nos 4 and 5, with No 6 and No 7 being the toplock pairing.  This is because of the stop lock at Hawkesbury, about sixteen miles away being allocated number one on this, the North Oxford Canal!  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


No pre-booking required.

Time: 10am-4pm (last entry strictly 3:15pm; site closes 3:45pm)

Location: Hillmorton Lock 4 on the Oxford Canal

Parking: Free parking is available in the car park behind Badseys Café Bistro next to the Locks

This year’s winter stoppage open day programme has been sponsored by May Gurney

Forthcoming Attractions – Annual Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition Weekend

Annual Wirksworth Model Railway Exhibition Weekend

Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th October 2012

A sunny day at Wirksworth Station

About this Event

This annual event features model railway layouts and traders at three venues in the town as well as at Wirksworth Station. The railway will be running trains to support the exhibition, allowing visitors to travel to Wirksworth by train from anywhere in the country!

Pullman Buffet

The new Pullman Buffet will be open for the service of teas, coffees, light refreshments, hot and cold meals, snacks and Bacon Butties!

Opening Times

Wirksworth Station: 09:30 – 18:00

Duffield Station: 10:00 – 17:15

Pullman Buffet: 10:00 – 18:20 (Sat) and 16:30 (Sun)

Exhibition Times: 10:00 – 17:00 (Sat) and 10:00 – 16:30 (Sun)


The timetable for the Wirksworth and Duffield line for the event will be as below.

Depart Wirksworth 10:20 12:20 14:20 16:20 18:20 (Sat)

Depart Idridgehay 10:38 12:38 14:38 16:38 18:38 (Sat)

Depart Shottle 10:42 12:42 14:42 16:42 16:42 (Sat)

Arrive Duffield 10:50 12:50 14:50 16:50 18:50 (Sat)

Depart Duffield 11:10 13:10 15:10 17:10 19:10 (Sat)

Depart Shottle 11:19 13:19 15:19 17:19 pass (Sat)

Depart Idridgehay 11:25 13:25 15:25 17:25 pass (Sat)

Arrive Wirksworth 11:43 13:43 15:43 17:43 19:43 (Sat)

The first train from Duffield on Sunday departs 4 minutes later due to a main line connection.

The timetable on the Wirksworth and Ravenstor line will be half hourly as below. Some services will be steam-hauled.

Depart Wirksworth 10:55 11:25 except 15:55 16:25

Arrive Ravenstor 10:00 10:30 12:55 16:00 16:30

Depart Ravenstor 10:05 10:35 and 16:05 16:35

Arrive Wirksworth 10:10 10:40 13:25 16:10 16:40

A model railway layout (Photo: Oliver Hodgkinson)

The Exhbition

The exhbition will take place at three venues in the town – the Town Hall, the Parish Rooms and the Memorial Hall. It includes specialst model railway trade stands, secondhand railway books, DVDs, railway art, an EVRA stall, a tombola and refreshments.

Late Saturday Train with Fish and Chip Special

There will be an 18:20 departure from Wirksworth on Saturday to allow visitors to stay later at the exhibition. Ordinary day rover and single tickets are valid on this train.

This train will also form a Fish and Chip Special. Travel down the valley, receive a portion of the national favourite on arrival at Duffield and have them onboard for the return journey. £5.00 return including food. Advanced booking before the day is essential. Book online now from our Online Ticket Office.

An evening train at Duffield


Tickets are valid all day on both the Duffield and Ravenstor lines on the day of purchase. Single and intermediate station fares are available.

Rail Day Rover

Adults Concessions Children Family (2+3)

£10.00 £9.00 £5.00 £25.00

Model Rail Entry

Adults Concessions Children Family (2+2)

£4.50 £3.50 £3.50 £11.00

Tickets for the exhibition can be purchased from any of the three venues or from Wirksworth Station.

Visitors wishing to purchase a combined rail and exhbition ticket will receive the concessionary rate for the rail travel.

N.B. Photographs of layouts are representative. A particular layout portrayed may not feature in this year’s event.

WyvernRail PLC, Ecclesbourne Valley Railway. Wirksworth Station, Coldwell Street, Wirksworth, Derbyshire. DE4 4FB. 01629 823076. © 2012

Some Early Lines – Narrow Gauge Great Orme Tramway

Some Early Lines – Narrow gauge

Great Orme Tramway

Lower terminus of Great Orme Tramway.  © Copyright Duncan and Gareth Alderson and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The Great Orme Tramway (Welsh: Tramffordd y Gogarth) is a cable-hauled 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge tramway in Llandudno in north Wales.

This is Great Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway and one of only three surviving in the world. It takes passengers from Llandudno Victoria Station to just below the summit of the Great Orme headland. Operation of the tramway differs from the better-known San Francisco system in that it is not a cable car but rather a street running funicular (similar to the Lisbon system), where the cars are permanently fixed to the cable, and are stopped and started by stopping and starting the cable. As one car is ascending, the other is descending, and they meet midway. The tramway was opened on two stages: the lower section on 31 July 1902 and the upper on 8 July 1903. The two sections operate independently, with two cars on each section which are mechanically separate.

Llandudno – Great Orme Tramway

The tramway starts in the town and goes all the way to the summit of the Great Orme. This photo is about half way back down, where the tram re enters the built up areas.  © Copyright Paul Allison and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The lower section is built on or alongside the public road and has gradients as steep as 1 in 3.8. The cable on this section lies below the road surface in a conduit between the rails. The bottom half of the section is single track, but above the passing loop it has interlaced double track. In comparison, the upper section is less steep, with a maximum gradient of 1 in 10, and is single track apart from a short double track passing loop equipped with Abt type points to accommodate the cable. The original power house, at the Halfway station between the lower and upper sections, was equipped with winding gear powered by steam from coke-fired boilers. This was replaced in 1958 by electrically powered apparatus. In 2001, the entire Halfway station, its control room and its power plant were completely rebuilt and re-equipped.

Passing Loop, Lower Section, Great Orme Tramway

This shows the rails at the lower section passing loop of the tramway. The cars are permanently attached to the cable, which runs beneath the slot in the centre rail. The overhead wire and trolley are used only for communication purposes and do not supply electrical power.  © Copyright Dr Neil Clifton and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The tramway uses four tramcars, in service since 1902. An overhead wire telegraph was formerly used for communication between the tram and the engineer-driver in charge of winding the drum, and has been replaced with an induction-loop radio-control system.

The tramway has three main stations, the lower station named “Victoria” after the hotel that formerly occupied the station site, the middle one aptly named ‘Halfway’, and the Great Orme Summit station. Passengers must change trams at the Halfway station.

The Summit Complex , Great Orme

The Summit Complex sits at the top of the Great Orme in Llandudno. The building was originally known as “the Telegraph Inn.” The Complex houses a gift shop, cafe bars and restaurants. The Summit can be reached by tramway, cable car and by road. During the World War two the hotel was used for signalling purposes and became RAF Great Orme Radar Station.  © Copyright john driscoll and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Great Orme Tramway

Taken from the tram barn at the halfway station.  © Copyright Chris Andrews and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

   The Great Orme Experience

So much to see – The view from the Great Orme’s 679ft (207m) summit are breathtaking- from Snowdonia and Anglesey, all the way to to the Isle of Man, Blackpool and the Lake District.

So much to discover – The Great Orme is a wonderland of nature and history. Look out for the two varieties of butterfly which are unique to the area, the wild Kashmir goats and the rare flowers.

Explore the headland’s amazing Bronze Age copper mines, the Iron Age fort and the Stone Age remains. Visit the 6th century St Tudno’s Church. Or simply breathe in the fresh air and beauty.

The Great Orme Tramway

The Great Orme Tramway was built in 1902 to take passengers from Llandudno to and from the summit of the Great Orme. It is Britain’s only remaining cable operated street tramway and one of only three surviving in the world.  The tramway uses four tramcars, all of which have been in service since 1902.   © Copyright David Dixon and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Some Early Lines Conwy Valley Line Llandudno Junction- Blaenau Festiniog Line

Some Early Lines

Conwy Valley Line

(Llandudno Junction- Blaenau Festiniog Line)

Manchester – Llandudno express approaching Llandudno Junction

View eastward, towards Colwyn Bay and Chester: ex-LNW Chester – Holyhead main line, with the branch to Blaenau Ffestiniog curving away to the right up the Conwy Valley. This is the 13.40 from Manchester Exchange via Chester, with No. 44687, one of the two later Ivatt-modified Stanier 5MT 4-6-0s with double-chimney, Caprotti valve gear and roller-bearings (built 6/51, withdrawn 1/66).  © Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Conwy Valley Line

Bala and Festiniog Railway

The Conwy Valley Line (Welsh: Llinell Dyffryn Conwy) is a railway line in north Wales. It runs from Llandudno via Llandudno Junction (Welsh: Cyffordd Llandudno) to Blaenau Ffestiniog, and was originally part of the London and North Western Railway, being opened in stages to 1879. The primary purpose of the line was to carry slate from the Ffestiniog quarries to a specially built quay at Deganwy for export by sea. The line also provided goods facilities for the market town of Llanrwst, and via the extensive facilities at Betws-y-Coed on the London to Holyhead A5 turnpike road it served many isolated communities in Snowdonia and also the developing tourist industry. Although a little over 27 miles (43 km) between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog the journey takes over one hour. Most of the stations along the route are treated as a request stop.


The first section from Llandudno Junction to Llanrwst (now called North Llanrwst) was built as the Conway and Llanrwst Railway and opened in 1863. The LNWR took over in 1863 and opened the extension to Betws-y-Coed in 1868.

Goods train coming off the Conwy Valley branch at Llandudno Junction

View eastward, towards Colwyn Bay and Chester on the ex-LNW North Wales main line, Blaenau Ffestiniog on the branch. The locomotive (running bunker-first) is LMS Ivatt 2MT 2-6-2T No. 41235 (built 9/49, withdrawn 11/62). A DMU recedes eastward on the main line.  © Copyright Ben Brooksbank and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 The next extension was to Blaenau Ffestiniog to access the output of the large slate quarries there. The LNWR first proposed a narrow gauge railway via the steeply graded Lledr Valley to Blaenau Ffestiniog. After construction began, it was decided that the extension would be built to standard gauge, allowing through running of trains. Between 1874 and 1879 the railway tunnel underneath Moel Dyrnogydd was bored, allowing the extension to open in 1881.

Steam has now virtually disappeared from the old LNWR branch from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau Festiniog.  The last Surviving regular steam train is the daily goods, usually hauled by an ‘Ivatt’ Class 2  2-6-2 tank.  No.41228 approaches Llanrwst on 10th August, 1960. – Derek Cross

Blaenau Ffestiniog’s other standard gauge railway, the Bala and Festiniog Railway, was closed to all traffic in 1961, and a portion was flooded in the creation of the Llyn Celyn reservoir. A rail connection was desired for the nuclear power station under construction at Trawsfynydd, and a connecting line was built from Blaenau Ffestiniog North to the site of the demolished Blaenau Ffestiniog Central station for freight use. With the reconstruction of the Ffestiniog Railway, passenger services were relocated to a new joint station on the site of the old Central station in 1982. Regular freight traffic to Trawsfynydd ceased in the 1990s, and the power station is being decommissioned.

A railcar set from Llandudno to Blaenau Festiniog leaves Bettws-y-Coed on 10th August, 1960.  This branch was originally projected as a narrow gauge line to link up with the Festiniog Railway. – Derek Cross

Modern services

Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station

 On the left of the picture, Arriva Trains Wales British Rail Class 153 DMU 153327 stands at the standard gage platform for a Conwy Valley Line service. While on the right of the picture the narrow gage Ffestiniog Railway locomotive Linda is about to run-round the train in preparation for the journey to Porthmadog. Note also the different platform heights for the different gauges.

Date 18 June 2006  Source Own work  Author Chris McKenna (Thryduulf)

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 The line from Llandudno Junction to Blaenau is single track, and includes the longest single track railway tunnel in the United Kingdom (over 2.5 miles / 4.02 kilometres). Between Llandudno Junction and Llandudno the service uses the double track branch line from the North Wales Coast Line. The fully signalled passing loop at North Llanrwst is the last remaining between Llandudno Junction and Blaenau Ffestiniog and trains on the branch must stop at the signal box there to exchange tokens for the single line sections on either side.

North Llanrwst station platforms – railcar leaving for Blaenau Ffestiniog

Photo taken by  Noel Walley  Date 9 June 2006 (original upload date)

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The train service is operated by Arriva Trains Wales and is being marketed as the Conwy Valley Railway (Welsh: Rheilffordd Dyffryn Conwy). A feature of the service is the availability on Conwy Valley trains as well as on local buses in Snowdonia of the new “Tocyn Taith” day ticket. The services run every three hours on weekdays and Saturdays, with six departures per day each way in total. There is also a limited (three each way) summer Sunday service in operation from the beginning of the summer timetable in May until early September

From 20 May 2007, Concessionary Travel Pass holders resident in Conwy and Gwynedd have been able to travel free of charge on the Conwy Valley Railway line between Llandudno and Blaenau Ffestiniog, as well as between Llandudno Junction and Llandudno on all Arriva Trains Wales services, as a result of funding provided by the Welsh Assembly Government. Also, there are plans to upgrade the line to take slate from Blaenau Ffestiniog to the coast, sponsored by the Welsh Assembly Government

150253 heading into the Lledr Valley in the Summer of 2007. This unit has now been repainted into Arriva’s standard livery.

Author Elganthomas

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  The original line terminated at the North Western station (where there were extensive slate yards) to the west of Blaenau Ffestiniog town centre. However, following the closure and removal of a section of the former Great Western Railway line from Bala, a short section of new railway was built alongside the Ffestiniog Railway Company’s narrow gauge line in order to connect the Conwy Valley Line with the isolated section of the GWR line, which had been retained to serve the nuclear power station at Trawsfynydd. Years later a new Blaenau Ffestiniog station was constructed in the centre of the town. Beyond the new station, the line was used only for goods traffic connected with Trawsfynydd, although occasional special passenger trains have been run at times. In recent years, the traffic from Trawsfynydd has ceased completely and the line has been disconnected from the Conwy Valley Line just outside Blaenau Ffestiniog station.

There are connections at Llandudno Junction with the North Wales Coast Line (the main line between London and Holyhead) and at Blaenau Ffestiniog with the Ffestiniog Railway to Porthmadog.

For her last few years ex LNWR superheated ‘Precursor’ class 4-4-0 No.25297 was stationed at Chester, often working over the branch to Denbigh and Corwen.  Prior to that, in 1947, she was at Llandudno Junction working the North Wales coast trains, sometimes loaded up to ten bogies.  An unusual duty was this turn on the Blaenau Festiniog branch, ‘Sirocco’ was the last of the LNWR 4-4-0s and at one time there was talk of preserving her, but she was withdrawn before the more enlightened era of locomotive preservation had begun. – C.F.H.Oldham

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era 1897 2-6-2T & 2-4-2T Lynton & Barnstaple Railway

Steam Locomotives of a More Leisurely Era

1897 2-6-2T & 2-4-2T

Lynton & Barnstaple Railway 

762 Lyn – shortly before the closure of the line.

For the opening of this scenic 2’ 0” gauge railway in North Devon three 2-6-2Ts were built, named ‘Yeo’, ‘Exe’ and ‘Taw’.  A fourth engine ‘Lyn’ was a 2-4-2T built by Baldwins of the USA.  The line was absorbed into the Southern Region at the grouping and the engines became Nos.E759 to E762.  When a fifth engine was required in 1925 recourse was had to the original design, and an identical locomotive obtained from Manning Wardle & Co., who had supplied the originals.  This was given the lowest vacant number in the list at the time, E188, and named ‘Lew’.

The railway was unfortunately closed completely in 1935, and all the engines broken up except ‘Lew’, which was sold and sent to Brazil.

188 Lew – shortly before the closure of the line.

2-6-2T – Driving wheels – 2’ 9¾”,  Leading and trailing wheels – 2’ 0”,  Cylinders – 10½”x 16”,  Pressure – 160 lbs.,  Weight – 27¼ tons.

2-4-2T – Driving wheels – 2’ 9”,  Leading and trailing wheels – 1’ 10”,  Cylinders – 10”x 16”,  Pressure – 180 lbs.,  Weight – 20¼ tons.


Model Railways – Fort Victoria Model Railways, Isle of Wight

View up the tracks

Fort Victoria Model Railways

At Fort Victoria, just outside Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight, we have an indoor model railway and shop which is open to the public most of the year. The railway has been at the Fort for the past fifteen years, but under new ownership for only five years. The layouts have been completely altered although the controls of the Continental trains are still by computer programme. A new British layout is under construction, and this will be run by an infra-red system.

Detailed Scenes

The British and Continental trains weave their magic through villages, mountains, tunnels and factories, and rekindle many happy childhood memories for many of our visitors. There are working models, some operated by a push button system, whilst others are running all day. A circus and fairground, with working models, is an added attraction as it also has its own miniature railway.

Did you know that our trains running from Easter to October daily cover the equivalent distance from Portsmouth to Edinburgh? And on such small wheels!

Lots of different sections to look at

 Model Railway Shop

The shop stocks many of the major supplier’s goods, e.g. Dapol, Peco, Bachmann, Woodland Scenics, Metcalfe, Ratio, Faller etc. We stock items in the HO/OO and N gauge and are more than prepared to forward stock to customers or order items that we do not hold in stock at that time.

The shop is open daily along with the exhibition. The business is closed for two weeks at the beginning of November, but it is open from Thursday to Monday during the winter months and trains are run at weekends providing it is not too cold!

Please phone for details of winter openings. During the summer season we are open daily from Easter to the end of October.

SmallBrook Studio – makers of fine railway models www.smallbrookstudio.com

Industrial Area

 Useful Information

The exhibition is open daily from 10.15am to 4.30pm (last trains run at 4pm) throughout the summer until the end of October. The business is closed for two weeks at the beginning of November, but it is open from Thursday to Monday during the winter months and trains are run at weekends providing it is not too cold! Please phone for details of winter openings.

For more info. please call 01983 761553 or click here to email.

Fort Victoria Model Railway, Fort Victoria, Yarmouth, Isle of Wight PO41 0RR

0-3 years FREE
3-93 years £2.85
93 years and over FREE
Please call for party rates

Transport interconnects

Canal News – Montgomery & Maesbury

Canal News – 29 – 8 – 2012

Montgomery Canal between Aston Middle and Lower Locks

The Montgomery Canal justs cuts across the corner of this square, I put it in again just to remind everyone what a beautiful canal it is.  © Copyright John Haynes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

 Montgomery Canal volunteer work party

01 – 02 Sep 2012
08:00 am – 16:00 pm

Come and help restore the historic Montgomery Canal at Redwith Bridge with the Shropshire Union Canal Society.

Redwith Bridge is signposted from the B4396.

For more information, call Mike Friend on 01948 880723 or 07909 912611.

Montgomery Canal Restoration at Redwith

Looking north from the re-instated Redwith bridge as work nears completion on the restoration of the Montgomery Canal from the current head of navigation at Gronwen Wharf.  © Copyright David Stowell and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

Benefits of re-opening a canal

When the Aston to Gronwen Wharf section of the Montgomery Canal opened in 2004 Maesbury Marine Services was a fledgling company at Maesbury Mill, it is now a thriving marine business with lots of boats either moored or being maintained.  © Copyright John Haynes and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.

  Maesbury Canal Festival

01 – 02 Sep 2012
09:00 am – 16:00 pm

Visit the canal festival on the Shropshire Union Canal at Maesbury.

For more info, contact info@canalfestival.co.uk or 01691 830403.

Hallemans Bridge west of Soudley, Shropshire

Bridge No 53 across the Shropshire Union Canal carries Westcott Lane between Cheswardine and Goldstone.  © Copyright Roger Kidd and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence.


September Events by Local Libraries


September Events By Cannock Chase Libraries

Wednesdays September 12th and 26th

Thursday 13th September

Wednesday 19th September