Watercress Line

Miniature Railway New Stock, Ropley High Level Station “Ramping Down” & Nevada goes Blue!

We have taken on long term loan an Inspection Trolley from Matt Bentley, thank you Matt. It looks an attractive little unit. The engine is currently inoperative but we are hopeful we can get it going. If not we have a fallback plan in that one of our members, Dave,  has a similar engine that is functional and can be used to replace it. The wheel sets are very crude and one pair is out of gauge so further work is required to rectify this and profile the wheels.

Also a gentleman in Southampton offered us a short 10 ¼” gauge Miniature Railway, including a Battery Electric Loco called the King of Prussia, a 4 wheel wagon and some track and points, that were in his back garden. The Loco and wagon wheel sets are very large and we think were originally for something like 2 foot gauge. The loco and wagon had to be dismantled due to access problems at the site and we need to go back to retrieve the rest of track. This railway has obviously been out of use for several years and was heavily overgrown but nevertheless we feel we have retrieved some useful components. We still need to go back to recover the rest of the track.

Since the War on the Line event work has been progressing steadily on our station, Ropley High Level. Keith and Dave have worked wonders to build more fencing from old pallets plus various off cuts and the results are a credit to them. Our South Platform has been laid and paved plus the ramp to it is under way. The two Martins and Tony take much of the credit for this. We are very grateful to Ben Spraggen for supplying the paving slabs and his continued efforts to keep the undergrowth and hedges under control. Ben Skelton, Richard and Andrew have been helping with the Platform work as well and Ben has also repainted the platform white lines for us. The station is really starting to look the part now.

Finally, we decided to give Nevada a new coat of paint. Andrew and Richard kindly volunteered to undertake this as they fancied it would look better in Blue Livery. Must admit they were right and we are very pleased with the results of their efforts – thank you guys. We are now contemplating whether the nose should go yellow or have wasp stripes to match the other end. Any (printable) suggestions gratefully received!

Ray Briscall

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