WRC Video #16.1 - Impressive 15 in. Gauge Railways
John Rimmasch visits two impressive 15 inch gauge railroads. The first in
Steelville, MO is the ATT&NW railroad where WRC was able to feature four
operating Cagney Class D locomotives. John then flies across the Atlantic
to visit the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch railway in Kent, England to discuss
the transition to a younger generation of railway enthusiasts.
Perrygrove Miniature Railway - Vintage Trains Afternoon - 24/09/11
As with last year, after visiting the Alan Keef Ltd Open Day we visited the
Perrygrove Miniature Railway for their vintage trains day. This was to be a
much bigger event than last year as there would be four steam locomotives
in service, three diesels and forty trains operating throughout the day on
their 1 1/2 mile return trip.
The locomotives operating were:
- 0-6-0T 'Spirit Of Adventure' built in 1993 by the Exmoor Steam Railway
- 0-6-0T 'Ursula' built in 1999 by James Waterfield, working the vintage
trains. (She had just been retubed and got her new boiler certificate the
- 2-6-2T 'Lydia' built in 2008 by Alan Keef Ltd
- 0-4-0+0-4-0 K1 Garratt built by the Bush Mill Railway (Unfortunately she
was later to fail and was taken back to the shed)
- 4wDH 'Jubilee' built in 1998 by Hunslet
- 0-4-0D 'Workhorse' built in 1963 by Motor Rail of Bedford
- 0-4-0D Lister Railtruck no.54181 built in 1964
Shots included in this video are:
- K1 rolling down the gradient heading to Perrygrove
- 'Ursula' charging up the 1:30 gradient from Heywood Station up to
- K1 moving off her train at Perrygrove to take on water, 'Jubilee' is
also seen whilst 'Workhorse' & the Lister Railtruck bring out the rail
train, K1 then moves off onto the opposite line to head back into the shed.
- 'Ursula' arriving into Perrygrove Station whilst 'Lydia' can be heard
charging up the gradient.
- 'Spirit Of Adventure' & 'Lydia' are seen rolling down the first of the
three long curves on the line after leaving Oakiron, afterwords 'Workhorse'
and the Lister Railtruck are seen heading the opposite way. They are then
seen returning under the footbridge.
- 'SoA' is seen climbing up the gradient. Then only just making it, seen
arriving into Oakiron Station then departing, only just making it again she
is seen through the trees rolling down to Perrygrove.
- 'Ursula' passing through Heywood Station then seen rolling down the
- 'Lydia' & 'SoA' climbing up the gradient to Oakiron.
- Back at Perrygrove 'Lydia' moves off to the shed and 'SoA' follows suit.
The two are seen with K1 outside the shed, being cleaned after a long days
- 'Ursula' is seen shunting stock for a train for railway staff and
family, then for the last time of the day is seen climbing up the gradient
once again. Then seen from the shed at Perrygrove (I was given permission
to step into the yard and take this shot).
Filmed on a Panasonic HDC-HS60 HD Camcorder
Live Steam Kid in HD
A friend's kid running my 0-6-0 Live Steamer (only after I've taken a test
lap myself on the rough, portable "lawn" track...) It's not often that I
get to be a passenger on my own train!
Here, in the beginning of the video, you can also see how easy it is to
transform one of my prototype-like wooden coaches to a passenger carrying
Also, some TIG welding of a truck for new rolling stock. Note how "clean"
TIG welding is - no smoke, sparks or slag - just melting and fusing the
steel pieces together...
Instead of subtitles, here's a short note about the audio:
At 1 min. 30 sec. or so we are talking about the water pumps and bypass
valves. I'm checking the water gauge, and my friend asks "Don't you trust
the pumps?" and I reply that I want to look at the setting of the bypass
valve. While TIG welding, I warn everybody not to look into the arc, and
that the video camera won't be damaged by it. When explaining to the older
boy how I am fusing the steel parts together, he replies, behind his mask:
"I can feel the heat"...
For more info about Live Steam, see my website:
Steam in the Rockies - Eureka & Palisade 4-4-0 #4 on the Durango & Silverton
Now available on Blu-ray & DVD: Steam in the Rockies Vol. 1 - The Durango &
Eureka and Palisade 4-4-0 #4 runs for possibly the last time during the
2012 Railfest on the Durango and Silverton. An authentic 1875 Baldwin
built wood-burner, the 'Eureka' was lovingly restored to operation in 1991
by owner Dan Markoff. In 2013 the locomotive will be due for its FRA 15
year / 1472 day inspection and may not operate in Colorado again.
August 17-19, 2012
House With Scale Steam Train
My dad built this train about 40 years ago (though he just rebuilt it, and
the stock car is brand new). The track for its current location (around our
house in Casper, WY), was put in close to 30 years ago. I've since moved,
but he just sent me some footage of he and my brother running it again, so
I edited a couple minutes of it together. This is the real thing; it runs
on coal and water.
I definitely recommend the high quality version of the video.
Butterley Park Miniature Railway
I'd forgotten about this footage! It was from my first outing with my
then-new camcorder, so it's not brilliant, sorry.
The Butterley Park Miniature Railway is a combined 3 1/2 inch and 5 inch
gauge railway, which usually uses 5 inch gauge stock. It is a little
hidden away at the Swanwick Junction station at the Midland Railway Centre
in Derbyshire. On the day I went, the only loco operating was the diesel
you see here, as it was a quiet day. On busier days more locos run,
including steam engines.
The weather was a little damp when I filmed this, hence the towels on the
seats! It didn't dampen everyone's enthusiasm though :-)
A very friendly bunch of people, and a great little runaround. The long
straight section is a significant uphill gradient for the little locos, so
they can really show their prowess when they want to! Well worth a visit
Florida Wood Burning Steam Train
Footage of Orange Blossom Canonball, a steam train excursion in Tavares
Florida. The locomotive is lettered for the railroad Tavares Eustis and
Gulf and is one of the few active standard gauge wood burning steam engines
in the USA. The engine was in movies such as "True Grit," "3:10 to Yuma,"
and "Appaloosa." This video includes runby and cabride footage from Tavares
to Lake Jem.
For more info on the steam engine see the site below:
All footage was recorded by Jared Davis of Whistlepost Productions
Live Steam West Valley Consolidation 2-8-0 first steam trial
A friend's 2-8-0 that started as a pile of parts from a 30 year old group
build project by the West Valley Live Steamers. It is oil fired. In the
video you can observe unloading, filling of water and fuel, oiling around,
firing up and running. The ballast hoppers were partially full of sand
for a heavy load. It had no problem pulling them. There are some fire
issues, piston valve blowby issues, timing issues and a few other bugs to
work out but it ran the first time. Tests were carried out at the
Sagebrush Short Line Railroad in Ridgecrest, CA.
1/3 scale Darjeeling Himalayan Railway B-Class Steam Locomotive in 7.25" gauge
This beautiful locomotive was built by John Heald of Rotorua, New Zealand.
In this video we take the B-Class out for a typical day at the track,
including a sequence of loading the engine onto a custom made trailer towed
behind a Honda Jazz (Fit) with CVT. Then it's off to the beautiful River
Edge Park Railway in Whakatane, New Zealand. We also take a look at
stability of this remarkable locomotive under high speeds using on board
cameras. Special adjustable Danly coil springs prevent the locomotive from
porpoising; the leaf springs are dummy and just for show. Plans and
castings will be made available for this locomotive, if you are interested
check out our website at www.sonadaworks.com.
Live Steam Trains TCME Fall 2008 Blowdown Run
Get this video on DVD:
Steamers were out in full force for the Tonawanda Creek Model Engineers
Fall 2008 Blowdown Run!