© Geoff’s Rail Diaries 2014
Yes, I know, I said that about the previous entry
(Galatea) - but this would be the year’s first
“proper” outing - to the Statfold Barn Railway.
There’s always something new at Statfold. Last
September, it was obvious that plans were afoot for
new trackwork - would there be something new on the
motive power side too?
The new points we’d seen at our last visit now
connect the “new” 2’ gauge line to the mixed-gauge
balloon loop - trains on both lines now run around the
loop before retracing their steps (no, not the right
word) to the terminus. Half-way, at Oak Tree, there’s
also a new passing loop - doubling the capacity of the
new line at a stroke.
There’s a rather nice “new” loco too - a 2’ gauge
Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 tender engine (972 of 1912).
Like all Statfold products, it looks brand-new. I
suspect a fair proportion of it is
brand-new - when it was last
used in Fiji, it was powered by
a diesel engine, installed where
its firebox had been...
There have been other
developments, perhaps a little
less obvious. Fowler
“Saccharine” now sports a plain
chimney rather than the
voluminous spark arrester it
used to carry. And there are
signals - several semaphores
and a colour-light. The fact
that I didn’t notice anything
else of great significance
doesn’t mean, of course, that
there wasn’t anything else...
I wonder what will be next?
Statfold Barn Railway