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2012 Updates and News

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Winter 2012 Update:  

A few updates from summer and winter 2012. Although the ground has been very waterlogged due the extreme levels of rainfall ths winter, the railway has continued to be used typically at least once per weekend.

 

Date: August 2012

Date: August 2012

Date: July 2012

A collection of horse jumps have been built up over the last few years, and from time to time these are moved to different fields depending on the time of year.

The railway is the most conveient method of moving these bulky items, with a mix of open wagons and flat wagons.

In July the W&R loco was on muck duties with both open wagons and skips in use.

 

Date: June 2012

Date: July 2012

Date: October 2012

the last German skip was given the standard facelift, and after a good clean with the wire brush and angle grinder, it was treated with rust converter and body filler before painting.

After another couple of weeks it was ready to be put back together so the hoist was used to drop the bucket back onto the frame.

Two to three times a year there is a collection of timber from around the perimeter of the fields, and this is taken back to the timber pile for cutting and splitting. It helps to keep the wood burner in busy.

 
 

Date: September 2012

Date: September 2012

Date: September 2012

A Motor Rail had been stored in an open barn in a village south of Cambridge, along with a collection of other narrow gauge items in an adjacent field.

The cabless 20/28hp Motor Rail was seen as another ideal loco for the railway, but after protracted negotiations the whole collection had to be purchased to obtain the loco. A tractor provided assistance to haul the loco out into the open for the first time in approx 8 years.

Big boys toys like this Loadall are always useful to provide help when trying to move heavy lumps of metal around.

 

Date: September 2012

Date: September 2012

Date: December 2012

2ft gauge track panels were also part of the collection obtained, and with a low loader and fork lift, all the items were moved back to Springfield.

Stored alongside the Motor Rail there was also a converted Wickham Target Trolley which was also moved to it's new home at the same time.

It had been rebuilt with a single cylinder Lister engine instead of the original JAP engine. However, the Wickham was surplus to needs and was sold on to recoup some of the costs involved, and left site on the 7th of December 2012.

 

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