7¼” Standard Gauge
Echills Wood
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The difference between gauges, at the small end, can be hugely significant. With tracks just 3” wider, 10¼” gauge lines can operate locomotives (based upon narrow-gauge prototypes) whose cabs can accommodate two people. Not so with standard gauge prototypes at Echills Wood... The “Standard Gauge Weekend” at Echills Wood was organised with a true standard gauge railway in mind - the Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, whose line has suffered two embankment failures within 12 months, and desperately needs to raise at least £350,000 to restore full-line operations. All the money raised at today’s event would be donated to the GWR. The Echills Wood Railway started life at Stoneleigh Park, some 20-odd miles to the south, but relocated to its current site at Kingsbury Water Park in 2006. It now extends to around 2km through pleasant woodland, making not just an enjoyable ride but also something interesting to watch while walking through the park.
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
We did both, as will be evident from the pictures - and the passing trains were certainly interesting to watch. Larger locomotives, sometimes in pairs, hauled longer rakes of passenger stock, while other, smaller types trundled merrily around with just a van for the driver and a passenger. Midland Compound 1026 (I’ll refer to all the models as though they are their full-size originals) hauled two maroon coaches - and GWR 0-6-0ST 1399 hauled a very authentic-looking freight train (I failed utterly to get a decent photograph of this train. It only ever appeared unexpectedly...) The passenger stock in use followed the “Standard Gauge” theme - models of “normal” bogie stock, with grey roofs made from comfortable seating material. We enjoyed our afternoon immensely - will have to go again... Links: Echills Wood Railway official website Map of the railway Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway
We take a ride - behind 5026 and "Royal Scot" 6133 "Vulcan" B1 61033 "Dibitag" GWR 0-4-2T 1447 GWR 4-6-0 6965 "Thirlestaine Hall" Midland Compound 1026 GNR O1 2-8-0 458 GWR 1447 (again) Vulcan emerges from the tunnel The Midland Compound again (isn't that IKB...?) 4965 hauls a full complement of passengers 5026 and 61033 emerge from the tunnel Far Leys - at the far end of the end GWR 0-6-0PT 1370 enters the Far Leys loop... ...and pauses before heading back down the line Austerity 0-6-0ST no. 98 "Royal Engineer" The double-header in the woods - 5026 and 61033 That nice 2-8-0 again... Once more, the Midland Compound Class 40... Return of the double-header 5407 crosses the bridge Harvesters Station departure - 5026 and 61033 16mm NG (The Station Master's Garden Railway) - CDR "Phoenix" 16mm scale characters 16mm scale - looks like the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (in green?)
19 June 2011