There has been plenty of activity with existing, refurbished and new locos during the summer. Several steam locos have successfully had their hydraulic and steam tests and have run around the track as well as battery powered locos. (Photo #5)
Jeff has been working for a long time debugging the Holmside loco he bought & finally it is running now and probably better than it ever ran before. Well done Jeff for your perseverance. A new electric shunter has arrived at the club and is owned by a new member.
This section of the club provides an alternative to trains with different scale examples of steam traction engines and lorries. We look forward to seeing a selection of models in different scales at our Open Day.
Signal and Telegraph Department:
The prototype PIR signal at the entry to the tunnel continues to work well except for the occasional bird flying in or out of the tunnel which caused some confusion when the signal turned to red when there was only one train running! Therefore, an alternative system was devised by Chris together with Robert & Don and they have installed and debugged the system on the upper loop providing a very useful and safe automatic signalling system to avoid collisions.
A similar system has now been installed and tested at the end of the straight leading to the tunnel which is automatic but also has an over-ride function which can be operated by drivers at Forge Halt. Both of these signalling systems provide a line of sight view of the signals from the signalbox for additional safety and when time permits a repeater will be connected in the signalbox giving a signal status in both cases. (Photos #6, 7, 8)
The signalbox has been temporarily rewired on the Panel to provide feedback of the station signal gantry as it is not always possible to have line of sight on busy Open Days.
The mains electricity fusebox in the signalbox has been replaced with and MCB unit providing safer trip out in case of any problems in the Carriage shed, Station Canopy or signalbox.
Oughtibridge Gala June 24th :|
The day began with the threat of showers later in the day but fortunately the weather was kind to us.
The portable track was setup in the morning and we awaited the arrival of the Parade at 2:00 pm. Ian & Gary provided the motive power and the ability to load one train while the other was running up and down the track twice. This worked well and as soon as the Parade arrived the queues for rides began and did not slow down until around 4:30. It was certainly a busy afternoon and very enjoyable seeing the happy faces of the many children.
Overall a very successful day enjoyed by all of the members who helped loading the passengers, driving & generally setting up the track and putting it away afterwards. Special thanks to Chris’ father who towed the trailer to and from the event and to Chris who kept us supplied with tea and ice creams. (Photos #9, 10)
Visits to the Site :
1. Early July the North Sheffield History Society visited the Forge and requested a ride around the track so Graham and I provided the manpower. There were about 25 of their members and they thoroughly enjoyed their rides as can be seen. (Photos #11,12)
2. On the evening of 19th July the Bassetlaw North Notts Railway Society had a BBQ at our club and we ran trains for them. They are a group of enthusiasts who are interested in all manner of railway topics from model to miniature to full size railways. Steam and electric motive power was provided for their visit as can be seen. (Photos #13,14)
We now look forward to the September 3rd Open Day and encourage all members to support this event as we are usually very busy in all departments to give the visitors an enjoyable day and a taste of steam, oil and coal.
For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012