Having just fitted couplings and buffers to my IP Engineering Plate Frame Simplex, here's some footage of her in action
Just a thoughtMy latest creation. Probably of minority interest only, but it aims to capture some of the logistics of shunting a mixed train, which is what I really enjoy.
As you probably know Rik bases his line heavily upon the Southwold Light Railway. This was a line without piped braking and was constantly at loggerheads with the Lords and Masters of Railway Safety in London about the issue. All ignored in sleepy Suffolk and the line closed in 1929 having never attempted to resolve the issue.Just a thought
Coaching stock is usually kept next to the loco as it has to have continuous brakes (air or vacuum) clearlywagoons piped up for brakes or through piped could be marshalled between locos and passenger stock
The railway inspectorate or board of trade by late Victorian times would have insisted on this or no light railway order!
There was a major run in with theHighland Railway over just this issue as most of their trains were mixed and they liked the convenience oflleaving the coaches in the platform and having goods stock next to the engine for ease of shunting at most stations
They did this against best BoT rules until one day on a Misty night the coach brakes hadn’t been secured and they set off down hill of their own accord
Only to return once they’d reached an opposing gradient setting off back at speed towards the station with the shunting had been taking place!!!
I believe there was a lucky outcome as no passengers were injured , but from then on the Highland complied with those rules established by the people from distant London
Loved the film though and admire your patience
Thanks JonAs you probably know Rik bases his line heavily upon the Southwold Light Railway. This was a line without piped braking and was constantly at loggerheads with the Lords and Masters of Railway Safety in London about the issue. All ignored in sleepy Suffolk and the line closed in 1929 having never attempted to resolve the issue.
Funnily enough, I seem to have less spare time now I'm retired than I did when I was working. How on earth did I do all that on the railway when I was working full time? Compiling the videos was a bit of an eye opener ...Maybe we just have way to much spare time on our hands.