| When we arrived, Ken Roach's Roundhouse Argyll was
running on the main line with a pair of Innisfail
Tramway coaches from Tootle
Engineering in Australia.
|Harvey Campbell's vintage Tom Cooper "Aileen" running light
on the portable
|Larry Herget's scratch-built coal-fired "Ruby"
conversion. It ran nicely and reminded me that there's nothing
like the smell of coal!
|Rob Kuhlman's 32mm Mamod (much modified) with
a pair of open wagons bashed from O scale vehicles. The Mamod is
fitted with an exhaust regulator which has tamed it and makes it a nice
runner at scale slow speeds.
|I took advantage of a lull in traffic during
the lunch break to run "Aberfoyle" and some Irish stock. Neil
Ramsay's Swilly coach rightly attracted much attenttion and favorable
||Rob's Mamod took the opportunity to parade on the main line
|A rare sight--Peter Foley's Cuckoo's Nest "Katie." It's
oscillator with very small cylinders which barely waggle. The
steam ports must be very close on the port faces! There was one
batch of these built in the US from parts acquired from Archangel (in
the late eighties? early nineties?) It ran wonderfully. The
coach is a vintage Archangel GVT open 3rd.
|An Accucraft Mogul on the high iron. Great looks, good
performance, and a nice chuff.
|Another bashed Ruby, this time turned into a very nice Forney
by Harvey Campbell. Note the brass boiler wrapper used to
eliminate the straight-boiler look of the stock Ruby. Ruby has a
reputation for running
indifferently, but this one had only been run once or twice and
performed very well. The train is also Harvey's work.
An alcohol-fired Accucraft 4-8-4 "Daylight" gets a tweak on the throttle. You could hear the chuff of this engine on the far side of the track.
|Yet another bashed Ruby, built
by Jeff Young and based on the
Huntsville and Lake of Bays Railway in Canada, as is the train it's
pulling. The marvellous coaches are built from parts of Bachmann
trolleys and New Bright Disney coaches, the box car was built by Eric
locomotive was featured in Garden Railways
a while ago. The photo doesn't do justice to the real rivets,
added painstakingly one at a time. Jeff has a Web page on his H
& LoB modelling at http://email@example.com/HLofBRyPage1.html
Bill Burgess' scratchbuilt NGG16 Garratt parked in the sidings after its run--which I missed :-( . It's based on a pair of modified Roundhouse SR&RL #24 chassis.
Lucky for me, I was able to see Bill run his K1 Garratt. It ambled along smoothly not caring at all about the rain (unlike the photographer). This engine was scratch built except for the Roundhouse cylinders.
Ken Roach recently rescued this Aster NYC Hudson from exile in somebody's display case and converted it to propane burning with an aftermarket gas control valve. It's now doing what it was meant to do all along--look beautiful and run flawlessly at the head of a long passenger train.
| The rain was coming down rather steadily as we
prepared to take our leave, but the action carried on regardless.
We stayed long enough to watch Rob Kuhlman's Super Excelsior (with
after market cylinders from Milton
Locomotive Works ) carry on despite the weather. Note
the last wagon, which is a pair of LGB Feldbahn cars bashed onto a 32mm