and Taffy, Peter Pan, Ursula, Spirit et al...
Paddy and the Garratt
1 September 2007
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We've been here before! Yes, it's 1st September 2007, and it's the annual open day at Alan Keef Ltd, near Ross-on-Wye, and a "special" day on the 15" gauge line at nearby Perrygrove. Starring at Keef's were old friends Taffy and Peter Pan, and newcomer "Paddy", a newly-built vertical boilered loco, plus much else of interest (as always) including a fine new diesel
"Flynn" for the Longleat line, and the frames of "Lydia", who is to be a new 2-6-2T for Perrygrove... ...where, after the obligatory pork-and-stuffing rolls, we went to see three locomotives in action - "Spirit of Adventure", Ursula and the 15" gauge replica of the 2' gauge K1 Garratt (ex-Bush Mill Railway, Tasmania), making its first public appearance. The day also marked the public launch back into traffic of Heywood's Ducal saloon for the Eaton Hall Railway, by none other than Sir Arthur's grandson... Little more needs to be said - for further details, check out the Rail Diaries' previous visits, and the web pages of the sites themselves below Links: Alan Keef Ltd Keef's Open Day  (Rail Diaries, Sept. '02) The Perrygrove Railway Perrygrove  (Rail Diaries, Aug. '02) Rishra and Ursula  (Rail Diaries, Sept '03) Peter Pan, Pixie and Perrygrove  (RD, Sept '04)
Geoff’s Rail Diaries
0-6-0 diesel "Flynn", nearing completion, is being built for service on the Longleat Railway The frames and partly-completed motion parts of 2-6-2T "Lydia", for the Perrygrove Railway RFS L106 was built at Doncaster works to 900mm gauge for channel tunnel construction duties Jenny and Lindsay, Schoma 5239 and 5240 of 1991 MR 40SD502 of 1975, ex-Minworth sewage works "Bill" - RH 221625 of 1943 Ex Post Office Railway locomotives "Lady Jean" and "Lady Constance", HE 9334 and 9332 of 1994 3 generations of admiration for Peter Pan Peter Pan performs Taffy in action New 0-4-0 vertical boilered "Paddy" Ursula in the woods "Spirit of Adventure" lays a smoke screen Heywood train Launch of the saloon - Sir Peter Heywood Meeting at Oakiron Arrival at Oakiron The Bush Mill Garratt The Garratt at Rookwood The Garratt on the loop Another run past Rookwood Garratt and train at Perrygrove station
Perrygrove The 15" gauge K1 in action, and Ursula on the Heywood train