A Visit to Statfold Barn, 06 June 2015
Oct 12, 2015Public
Photo: 001 Presented my ticket, waved my walking stick at the carpark stasi and was ushered in to the disabled slots right next to the high level 2ft gauge running line – and there right in front of me was my first sighting of the day – this rather nice 76:1 scale model of a Narrow Planet 99hp Baguley-Drewry MoD loco !
Photo: 002 I was still getting sorted out in the carpark when the sound of locos working very hard grew and along came a passenger train heading up the gradient towards the main station which had already passed by the time I had got my camera out of its bag and pointed it hopefully towards the by now receding profile of the train – just in time to catch Bagnall 4-4-0T works no. 2820 Isibutu ex-Sezela Sugar Estates acting as tail end banking loco .
Photo: 003 I got up to the main station in good time to capture the front end of the same train on the high level line, with ex-Harrogate Gasworks Peckett 0-6-0ST “Harrogate”, resplendent in Statfold Barn Railway leaf green livery and no.1 in the fleet, in charge
Photo: 004 On the same line and waiting to pull on to the multi-gauge turntable was this very attractive example of French NG loco design, Corpet 0-6-0PT no, 439, built in 1884. The indirect drive valve gear would make an interesting modelling challenge .
Photo: 005 Behind the Corpet was this very nice example of a MoD covered van, exactly the same as the 009 Society members kit .
Photo: 006 This Krauss locomotive from 1899, SRAGI No.1 was repatriated by Graham Lee from the sugar mill of the same name on the Indonesian island of Java .
Photo: 007 This rather handsome Hudswell Clarke 0-4-0ST, works number 1056 of 1914 is another loco that spent its working life at a sugar mill, this time at Lautoka in Fiji .
Photo: 008 A quick glimpse of another train setting off from the main station on its journey to Oak Tree and the big balloon loop around the main field headed by the newly restored American 0-4-0 Davenport loco and the ex Surrey County Council Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0WT, works no. 1643 of 1930 .
Photo: 009 The first of several quarry Hunslet 0-4-0ST locos that we will meet today! Sybil Mary was classed as a “large quarry” loco and was built new for the Penrhyn quarries in 1906 .
Photo: 010 One of my favourites of the ex-Penrhyn Quarry locos is this smart little Avonside 0-4-0T Marchlyn, photographed here with proud fireman Ben Powell, (”Steamben” on the NGRM-Online forum), who is an accomplished 009 modeller and a member of the West Midlands NG Modelling Group .
Photo: 011 Mixed in with several passenger trains which were running shuttle services around the line all day was a demonstration goods train with a variety of colourful and interesting wagons in its make up. This one would be a super modelling inspiration for a flat car load .
Photo: 012 The covered van here is one of 4 that were present in the goods train, all with striking liveries and all in use as actual working vehicles when they are used to bring in the grain and mustard seed harvest from the fields for the parent company, Statfold Seed Oils. I never noticed at the time, but can now see that the goods train was dual gauge! This covered wagon and the one behind it are on 2ft 6in gauge tracks .
Photo: 013 3 more of the covered vans can be seen in this photo along with the unusual searchlight wagon – which I don’t think is a working vehicle, unless it is used for night work getting the harvests in !
Photo: 014 The goods train brakevan, which was usually seen throughout the day with 7 or 8 happy passengers crammed into it !
Photo: 015 A new addition to the roster that had just entered service at the time of my visit is this American style “Galloping Goose” railcar. Actually a “based on” or “inspired by” railcar rather than a Genuine Denver & Rio Grande “Goose” (which is of course 3ft gauge anyway) I was reliably informed that this one started life as a Bedford lorry, which has retained the original cab, but has had a large American truck engine fitted and a “scratch built” bus body on the back. It travelled with a full load around the circuit all day .
Photo: 016 Out on the “main line” is a refuge siding where this attractive and powerful looking Plymouth diesel loco sat for the day, on call out duty as a rescue loco. As far as I am aware, it wasn’t called into action at all during my visit .
Photo: 017 A better view of the passenger train motive power that we saw leaving the main station earlier with the Davenport loco leading the Hudswell Clarke .
Photo: 018 The same train taken on zoom lens as my own train travelled around the balloon loop, to take the place of the Davenport/Hudswell Clarke train after it was called forward into Oak Tree station .
Photo: 019 Joining the queue of trains behind us on the loop was the demonstration goods train, seen here in full profile. How many narrow gauge railways have you visited where an 8 wagon goods train is hauled/propelled by 4 steam locos ?
Photo: 020 Arrival at Oak Tree Station with Hudswell Clarke 0-6-0 Fiji on the passenger train that brought me here .
Photo: 021 Oak Tree Station is the stopping off point for those who wish to visit “The Grain Store” and is in fact, the hub of the railway where not only are all the locos that are not in use on the day kept, but there is also a collection of American trucks in the courtyard, mainly Mack’s and Kenworth’s put together by one of Graham Lee’s sons and many other delights as we will see in the following photos .
Photo: 022 Photo 021 showed an obviously still awaiting restoration early Mack, whilst this photo features a slightly later version of the marquee in fully restored condition .
Photo: 023 One of several huge American Kenworth juggernaut trucks in the collection. Somehow they seem more romantic than Eddie Stobart Volvo’s, Mercedes and Renault’s don’t you think ?
Photo: 024 This open day also featured a bit of a get together of Graham Lee’s friends in the courtyard to the grain store, most of whom arrived in a huge selection of vintage and modern Bentley’s, every one of which was in pristine condition and every one of which is worth more than my house !