News Update From HNGRT November 2018
Our final running day of the season at The Brickworks is 25th November, The Christmas Event. Cloister is on site at present and should be in steam on the day.
It has been a busy year for Cloister. In October she was in steam at The Brickworks for the Halloween Steam Up hauling passenger trains with diesel Ashby. Prior to this she had been on a short visit in August to Richmond Steam Fair to join other locomotives for a charity event and photo charter which proved very successful.
Following her annual inspection and renewed certificate, Cloister had operated passenger trains again with Ashby for the July Open Day at The Brickworks. All went well in the fantastic weather, with visitors queuing for rides!
Prior to the Bursledon event, Cloister had returned to the Ffestiniog Railway in June, having previously visited in 2000. This time she was in Wales for the Hunslet 125 event, celebrating 125 years of Linda and Blanche, both Hunslet Engine Co locos acquired early in the formation of the FR from the Penryhn Quarry. The special birthday event was well planned with 19 guest engines attending from all parts of the country for the three day event. This created much publicity in the national railway magazines. Thanks are due to the FR for their hospitality.
Our other steam loco Bagnall No. 2091 Wendy has also been busy. She returned from Hayling Seaside Railway in February and a number of maintenance issues were rectified before she went on loan to Hampton and Kempton Railway. This was to operate services while their own loco ‘Darent’ is undergoing its 10 year rebuild. We expect to see her return during December.
It will be Wendy’s 100th Birthday in 2019 and it is hoped that she will be visiting several railways around the country next year, to celebrate. Watch this space!
As always there are plenty of jobs to do during the winter months, including the inevitable leaf clearing from the running lines!
Recent work on both Wendy and Cloister has shown the need for more members willing and able to get involved in one of our core aims: ‘promoting and operating our steam locomotives’. Why not come and join us, to help keep these lovely workhorses from the past alive!
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News From HNGRT JANUARY 2018
The Trust’s steam locomotive ‘Cloister’ Hunslet No: 542 (1891) was back in steam during 2017 thanks to help from the Statfold team. Acquiring a boiler certificate enabled the engine to operate at the annual Threlkeld Quarry Event in July and then be invited to steam at the West Lancs Light Railway for their 50th Anniversary Celebration Events in August and September. Thanks are due to both railways for their invitations. 'Cloister' will also feature at the 2018 Railway Event on 22nd July.
With possible future visits to Wales, steam locomotive ‘Wendy’ has also been busy.
Bagnall No: 2091 (1919) ‘Wendy’ is currently at Hayling Seaside Railway having ‘starred’ in the special event to launch HSR’s new Depot and Station at Eaststoke Corner on 6th August 2017. Reoccurence of a broken left hand steam elbow was hastily repaired by a member prefabricating a replacement. The original has now been repaired to maintain originality, the cast part will be re-instated at a later date.
The Trust is now preparing for ‘Wendy’s 100th Anniversary Tour during 2019. Prior to the celebrations members hope to carry out repairs to motion parts. For 2018 several options for visits are being considered.
Petrol Simplex ‘Brambridge Hall’ is now operational at The Brickworks on demonstration trains but ex Fawley Refinery 2 cylinder Petrol Simplex remains out of action pending necessary funds for a rebuild.
A new Agreement has been signed at the Brickworks.
At the beginning of the year the Trust has renewed their agreement with the Museum Trust at Bursledon Brickworks and remain Duty Holders for all railways on site.
The railway now has in its care a Hibberd Type 39 Planet 2 cylinder diesel locomotive.
Thanks to one of its Trustees, this is a welcome addition to the fleet. Having electric start it has already become a favourite.
Winter work includes:
Upgrading the turnout between the Mineral and Passenger lines and also the annual ‘Festival of leaves on the line’ is being held as usual. The miniature railway is also having a check over and a new electric locomotive is hoped to be in action soon.
Ruston ‘Alistair’ has returned to Hayling Seaside Railway.
‘Alistair’ a 2 cylinder 11/13HP diesel, on loan to HNGRT for a number of years, returned during March 2017. The new owner has begun restoration of this historic locomotive, once used on building the Ffestiniog Railway track deviation.
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September's Railway Event went well, as hoped the 7¼” track relaying was completed, so all lines were running, passenger trains on the the Light and Miniature Railways and demonstrations on the Mineral Line. Also after an official re-launch the Hibberd 'Planet' Type 39 Diesel locomotive No: 3787 on loan to the Trust, hauled passengers around the track during the afternoon.
Improvements to the Mineral Line.
This line is used for demonstrations and locomotive movements and has been in
operation for over 20 years with routine maintenance. During this winter season we
are planning improvements, with organised teamwork sessions, to dig out and renew
ballast and re-align some of the track.
We are always grateful for offers of help with this, please contact our Secretary for planned dates.
Cloister due back soon
Whilst extensive repair work was carried out on Cloister, at Statfold Barn Railway
following a transport lifting accident, it was decided it was a good opportunity to
carry out other 'fair wear and tear' jobs. One of the piston rods was fractured and
needed to be replaced also as both steam pipe unions were probably 125 years old
and one had stripped threads both were repaired.
The locomotive has been run and tested and will be returned to us shortly.
New Engine Shed
We are preparing a head shunt associated with the access to the proposed Shed. An existing storage shed also requires moving to a new location. All planning requirements have been reached, funding is the next stage.
A Hudson Coach joins the fleet.
This coach, originally from Devon, has been kindly put on loan to the Trust from a private owner and Trustee. It is slightly shorter than our existing coach but being covered may help in bad weather. It also has a balcony. We hope to put it into use next season giving us extra capacity on our 2 ft trains making a great difference at busy times.