News from August 2007

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Outdoor Work - Working Party Dates – 7 August 2007

Tywyn & District Model Railway Club Exhibition – 7 August 2007

Timetable Change – 8 August 2007

Cambrian Steam – 8 August 2007

Visiting Loco – 8 August 2007

Work On South Tyndale Extension Started

First Track Laid

The first track has been laid on the long awaited extension of the South Tyndale Railway. They have laid the first ten lengths. This is the start of the project to lay all the way from the cuurent station of Kirkhaugh to Slaggyford a distance of some 2 1/2 mile.

The plan is to split this into into two sections the first being approximately 1 mile, where a new temporary terminus will be built.

Help Needed

Working party on the extension will be held on the second weekend of each month. This is a great chance to get involved in a very exciting project in a beautiful part of the country.

Posted by Peter Mead on 18 August 2007

No1 "Talyllyn" returns to service – 19 August 2007

Virgin Trains "Talyllyn 50 Years of Preservation" nameplate auction for charity – 19 August 2007

Duncan's special childrens day 23rd August – 23 August 2007

Press Release:- Moseley Railway Trust to rebuild unique Great War watertank

The Moseley Railway Trust is pleased to announce that it has secured a PRISM grant to support the rebuilding of a unique narrow gauge railway wagon.

During World War One, 60cm gauge light railways were used to carry men and stores to the front line. One of the most pressing requirements was water for men, horses & locomotives. The “Class H” bogie tank wagons were built in 1917 and 1918 by Robert Hudson of Leeds and the Gloucester Railway Carriage & Wagon Company. The wagons used a 1500 gallon water tank mounted on a steel underframe. After the end of the war, much of the equipment was disposed of for further industrial use. A small number of the watertank wagons eventually went to the Smiths Potato Estates Railway in Nocton, Lincolnshire.

The Moseley Railway Trust managed to acquire the sole surviving artefact from these wagons, a tank section. The Trust has managed to also acquire two suitable bogies, which ended their days on a timber railway in Bulgaria; they were returned to the UK via the Frankfurt Feldbahn Museum. The PRISM grant will assist with the construction of a reproduction underframe, which, when combined with the restored tank and bogies, will result in a unique and authentic recreation of an unusual and historic railway wagon.

Gareth Roberts, the Moseley Railway Trust’s project manager said “The watertank wagon will be the perfect complement to the Moseley Railway Trust’s collection of historic narrow gauge equipment. In particular, the Trust has in its care Simplex locomotives, which would have worked with these wagons both at Nocton and during WW1. This project illustrates the Trust’s commitment to restoring historic narrow gauge railway equipment”.

When completed, the watertank wagon will eventually be moved to the Moseley Railway Trust’s new site at Apedale, Newcastle-Under-Lyme. The Trust is continuing to develop the Apedale site, and donations are still being sought to allow this work to continue. The Trust plans to construct a major museum of narrow gauge industrial railways at Apedale, and the reconstructed watertank wagon will form a key exhibit in this museum when its opens.

The MRT can be contacted at 11, Ashwood Road, Disley, Stockport, Cheshire SK12 2EL or visit www.mrt.org.uk

Posted by Gareth Roberts on 24 August 2007

100% Availability! – 30 August 2007

Moseley Railway Trust to rebuild unique Great War watertank wagon – 14 August 2007

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