Track replacement

The Society has undertaken a major program of improvements to enhance the comfort and safety of our passengers. One of the biggest tasks is replace our track to a much higher standard. The existing track was installed over 20 years ago and is now becoming difficult to maintain. We are replacing it with 25mm flat bottomed rail and plastic sleepers. When complete, this will significantly reduce the risk of derailments and provide a smoother ride for our passengers. Our members have worked hard on this throughout our non-running season and have made excellent progress on the inner track and although this will not be completed before the start of our running season, the work will continue in November, after the end of public running.

Another element of our improvement program is the replacement of bogies on our passenger carriages. All bogies will be replaced with new fully sprung ones with improved braking.

Barrow in Furness tram 45

For a change from trains, one of our members’ interest lies in trams. Here are a couple of photos of his latest project underway, he says he started it last April. It’s based on Barrow in Furness tram number 45 and actually uses some wood rescued from the actual tram when it was scrapped.

Gauge 1 Track Official Opening

The Gauge 1 layout that members have been working hard on for the past year is now ready and the official opening will take place on Sunday 26th September. Come along and see these exquisite little trains running on 45mm gauge track.

Gauge 1 Society’s portable track at Cinderbarrow (This is not the new track we have built)

An interview with Darwin Evans

Darwin Evans volunteered for aircrew in 1940 and began training as a navigator. After an accident while training at RAF Bobbington (later RAF Halfpenny Green) ended his operational flying duties, he retrained as a compass adjuster at RAF Cranage and served as an assistant to the Group 1 navigation officer until January 1946. Evans describes flying with crews monthly to calibrate the aircraft compasses and his role in operation briefings. He recollects a good working relationship with the Australian aircrew of 460 Squadron and the Polish aircrew of 300 Squadron, and narrowly avoiding a fatal crash at RAF Binbrook. Finally, he explains how his trouble-shooting role in Bomber Command (inventing heaters for rear gunner oxygen supplies) prepared him for his post-war career as an electrical engineer in nuclear energy research.

Follow the link to listen to the whole interview:

A Tramcar by Jon Allen

Newcastle tram car

Jon purchased this Newcastle car, built by Walter Amos in the 1960s, as a ‘box of bits’ along with parts of other tramcars at an auction.

He rebuilt it, from November 2020 onwards, but keeping it more or less in Walter’s overscale way of doing things.
The picture shows the tramcar being evaluated for clearance to enter his tram shed from the garden running line before completion. It’s a heavy vehicle weighing nearly 5kg and propelled by two 48W motors from 28v DC overhead.

The track bed is 2″ by 6″ timbers on supports and the track is gauge 1 rail soldered to brass sleepers to a gauge of 3.5″. The new tram shed has 2 lines running in through doors and he built this part sealing in the rain to the 28V overhead using drawings supplied from friends at Critch tram museum.

Our First day Running since Lockdown 2000!

Sunday 25th April was our first full running day since March 2020, and it’s great to be back! One of our keenest fans, Ella had drawn this special picture for us to celebrate the occasion. Thank you Ella!

More pictures of our first running day back:

Tuesday Working Party 27 April

Progress on the Carriage Shed

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Work continues on the Carriage Shed
The Carriage shed is now secure with the roller shutter door in place and the personnel door fitted. Track is being laid into the shed.

Black 5

Refurbishment Complete!

Geoff has now completed the refurbishment work on his Black 5, The Glasgow Highlander. A big job, every little piece was stripped down and rebuilt. She is now looking like new. We can’t wait to see her running at Cinderbarrow.

More progress on the Carriage Shed

The lads are making massive progress with the Carriage Shed. Well done lads!

Members’ running day on Sunday

Despite that we’re not running passenger trains, the Members’ Running Day on Sunday was a great success. While some of the stalwarts continued to work hard on the carriage shed construction, other members played with their locos or just generally socialised and caught up on the months of isolation. Photos with thanks to Malcolm.

Containers for the carriage shed

The containers for the new carriage shed arrived on Tuesday. Here are some photos of the operation. Now all safely in place. The cladding now has to be installed around them and the roller shutter door added.

Before shuttering installed

Progress on the new Carriage Shed

Our major project for 2020 is the construction of a new carriage shed. It is being built out of two containers, connected together and enclosed in cladding to make it harmonise with our existing club house. Several of our members have been working hard on this ever since the lockdown began to ease. The fact that we are not running with passengers due to Covid-19 has in fact made it easier to make progress with the project.

First job was digging out, then installing the shuttering for the concrete base. The concrete base was then poured in a couple of hours. Since then the shuttering has been removed and the wood salvaged. The next stage is the arrival of the two containers.

Dobson Bridge at Cinderbarrow
The 20th July saw our first event since the easing of restrictions following the lockdown. The Gauge 1 Model Railway Association set up its substantial layout in our car park. The event was well attended by members of our own society and G1MRA.
Note: Public running still remains suspended.

Railways on the Air

On Sunday 22 September the society took part in a “Railways on the Air” event which was run nationally to celebrate the anniversary of the first steam powered passenger railway. The radio station was set up at Cinderbarrow by our members with the support of the Sands Communication Group. Despite the poor weather, we managed to work 46 different stations throughout Europe. Sands are a small Amateur Radio club based in Morecambe who like to specialise is operating portable events stations.

An interesting station was Urban from Stockholm, Sweden (SM0NHE) who builds 7¼" gauge locos and was very keen to hear about the Cinderbarrow railway. However, 3 Dutch stations also contacted us keen on miniature railways so this prompted interesting discussion! The most remote contact was GM3 IBY from Kirkwall on the Orkney Islands.

We also managed to work 11 participating Railways on the Air stations Ranging from the Waverley Railway Heritage group at Whitrope to the Royal Deeside Railway on the 40m & 80m bands. At Amberley (GB2CPM) steam engine whistles were evident in the background!

Here are the participating stations we managed to work on the Sunday. Visit the ‘Railways on the air’ website for 2019 to check the call signs against the railway radio station.

GB0WRH @ 10:08 40m
GB0SRP @ 11:12 40m
GB2RDR @ 11:32 40m
GB0RVR @ 12:03 40m
GB0SRP @ 12:08 40m
GB2 SDR @ 12:35 40m
GB2 CPM @ 12:37 40m
GB0AVR @ 13:30 40m
GB0SCR @ 14:25 40m
GB1SDR @ 14:35 40m
GB2RAR @ 14:39 80m

Because we achieved over the magic “10” stations logged, we have been sent an award, shown opposite. Despite the weather, everyone had a good time and the Sands members enjoyed operating from Cinderbarrow and look forward to doing it again!

Jon Allen