Charnwood Forest Garden Railway

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Live Steam Locos

Roundhouse.

Lady Vandeleur   -   Number 1

Lady Vandeleur (AKA Silver Lady) is in my opinion the best steamer on at the CFR (and that has nothing to do with it being my own!!) She was made by Roundhouse in June 2009 and is one of the most seen steamer on the line. After a trip back to Doncaster in October 2009 to get a new R/C System fitted (2.4G)(previous one faulty) the loco has worked fantastically well. In Summer 2011, S/L was fitted with a R/C Live Steam whistle supplied by DJB engineering. Lady V is painted in black and is fitted with all new fully sprung 0-6-0 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear. Operating simulated cylinder drain cocks (manual and r/c). Water top up system and water gauge. Internal gas firing using the ROUNDHOUSE 'FG' gas system. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Dimensions are :- length 315mm, width 125mm, height 160mm, weight 3.3 Kg (with r/c). She is fully radio controlled for regulator, reversing valve gear, Steam Whistle and simulated cylinder drain cocks. The wheels are adjustable between 32mm and 45mm gauge and it has insulated wheels.

Date:  3/3/13
Drivers Notes: Running Well!
              Above is a picture of CFR member Scott's Roundhouse Silver Lady going along track 1's back stright during 2011's Autumn Gala.

Tracey   -   Number 2

Tracey is a 0-4-0 Roundhouse Katie in Blue. Over the first year of service she has seen at the CFR, Tracey has proven to be a strong and reliable that has since been fitted with a steam whistle since bought brand new from roundhouse in December 2010. The Steam whistle was made by DJB Engineering and has been fitted underneth the drivers side step. The Servo to operate this by R/C has been fitted to the back of the cab on the fireman's side. Over the summer of 2011, the loco has seen a large amount of service after being sent back to Roundhouse in April for the loco to be regauged after it wuold slip to 32mm almost every run. Technical specifications for 'Katie'. 0-4-0 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear, Internal gas firing using the ROUNDHOUSE 'FG' gas system, Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear, Dimensions are :- length 280mm, width 125mm, height 165mm, weight 2.9 Kg (with r/c). Its fully radio control for regulator and reversing valve gear and steam whistle.

Date :  3/3/13
Driver's Notes :
In Service, steam whistle out of action.

 
Above is a picture of CFR member Ollie's Roundhouse Katie running during 2012's Spring Gala.

Sir Hanney   -   Number 3   

Sir Hanney is a new loco joining the CFR fleet for 2012. He is expected to have her official maiden voyage on Boxing Day. He is one of two new engines to arrive in December for the 2012 season but will be another great addition to the fleet. Sir Hanney is a 2-6-2 based on 'Russell' off the Welsh Highland railway. Fitted with 2.4G Radio control and painted in FR Victorian Maroon. Technical specifications for Sir Hanney: 2-6-2 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear, Internal gas firing using the ROUNDHOUSE 'FG' gas system, Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear, Dimensions are :- length 358mm, width 115mm, height 150mm, weight 4.2 Kg, Full radio control is available for both regulator and reversing valve gear. We hope to fit him with a working steam whistle in summer 2012 and hope will provide a valuable resource to the railway.

Date: 03/03/13
Drivers Notes: Running faultlessly!

 
Above is a picture of CFR member Scott's Roundhouse Russell Sitting on shed awaiting its next duty.

Europa   -   Number 4

Europa, (AKA Billy) has been running at the CFR from day 1. This loco was made by Roundhouse about 17 years ago yet it still works very well. It has never really had any problems until the start of 2011. The regulator servo locked up and stopped working, maybe some water go in and froze it or it has just given up. She was back in service for the Autumn Steam Gala on the 9th October 2011 and has continued to give a reliable service since. It has a 27MhZ R/C. In October 2009, this loco had a tender fitted and even though there is 15 years difference between them, the paint colour is exactly the same. It is painted in green and is fitted with 0-4-0 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear. Internal gas firing using the ROUNDHOUSE 'FG' gas system. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Dimensions are :- length 280mm, width 125mm, height 165mm, weight 2.9Kg (with r/c). Fully radio controlled for both regulator and reversing valve gear.

Date: 03/03/13
Drivers Notes:  Running Well though seen little service through the winter months.

                                 Above is a picture of CFR owner Paul's Roundhouse Billy on the shed road waiting to be fired up.

Balham   -   Number 5

Pooter, (AKA Balham) has been running alongside  Europa at the CFR from day 1. This loco was made by Roundhouse about 20 + years ago and was orinaly meths fired but since been converted to gas. It is a very nice loco however in 2009 she had been starting to play up. For a start she won't reverse and took a long time to steam up. So in October 2009 her time had come to go to Roundhouse for a bit of TLC. When Paul and myself took her up there, Roundhouse seemed to think it was just a small thing they could fix, turns out she needed a complete overhaul! Balham was leaking steam from the boiler and was very well worn. She returned to the CFR mid February, but 20 years without much going wrong is great when you think about it. Fitted with a 27MhZ R/C. You may notice that it looks very much like Carrie (No 6), that is because Carrie is a more modern version of the pooter type. It is painted green and is fitted with 0-4-0 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by Hackworth valve gear. Internal gas firing using our 'FG' type burner. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Dimensions are :- length 290mm, width 125mm, height 148mm, weight 3.3 Kg (with r/c). Fully radio controlled for both regulator and reversing valve gear.

Date:  05/09/12
Drivers Notes: Look who's back.....in black!

 

                                                      Above is a picture of CFR owner Paul’s Roundhouse Pooter on shed

Lady Carrie   -   Number 6

Carrie is a little red engine bought second hand with 3 Isle of Man coaches from Dragon G scale. The loco arrived at the CFR late 2008/early 2009. Carrie was made by Roundhouse in 2006 and shows no signs of stopping. This loco works fantastically well, it gets up to steam extremely quickly and looks great when running round on a cold frosty day. It has had its R/C updated to 2.4G. It is painted in red and is fitted with 0-4-0 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by Hackworth valve gear. Internal gas firing using our 'FG' type burner. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Dimensions are :- length 290mm, width 125mm, height 148mm, weight 3.3 Kg (with r/c). Fully radio controlled for both regulator and reversing valve gear. The wheels are adjustable between 32mm and 45mm gauge and also has insulated wheels.

Date:  09/12/12
Drivers Notes: Seeing a lot more service over the Santa season!

     

         Above is a picture of CFR member Tony's Roundhouse Carrie Pulling the 11.35 from St. Bernards

Lord Fowler   -   Number 7

Fowler is also bought 2nd hand and came to the railway in summer 2009. This loco was made by Roundhouse in 2000. It now works quite well after a few problems at the start. It takes its time to get up to steam but when it does it runs very well and looks fantastic on a snowy day. Fowler has a Summerland Chuffer fitted for that extra chuff. The R/C has since been changed to 2.4G. It is painted in green and is fitted with 0-6-2 outside framed chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear. Internal gas firing using the ROUNDHOUSE 'FG' gas system. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Dimensions are :- length 530mm, width 120mm, height 160mm, weight 3.4 Kg - loco, 1.3 Kg - tender (with r/c). Fully radio controlled for both the regulator and reversing valve gear.

Date: 08/03/13
Drivers Notes:  Has seen little service over the past few months.

                   

       Above is a picture of CFR member Tony's Roundhouse Fowler on Station 2.

Leek and Manifold  -  Number 8

The Biggest Tank on the Railway! Leek and Manifold joined the fleet in December 2011 for the 2012 season. Tony tried to keep his new buy to himself but we all found out at one of the shows when he asked Roundhouse how far they are behind they were after a machine break down to which they replied, " Why are you waiting for a Leek and Manifold ". That was the end of that! Technical specifications for 'Leek & Manifold':Internal gas firing using our ‘FG’ type burner. Outside framed 2-6-4 chassis with two double acting slide valve cylinders operated by simplified Walschaerts type valve gear. Water top-up system and water gauge. Controls fitted as standard are :- steam regulator, safety valve, pressure gauge, displacement lubricator, gas regulator and reversing gear. Glazed cab windows. Dimensions (loading gauge) are, Length 430mm over buffer beams, Width 120mm, Height 155mm. Weight 5 Kg. (with Radio Control fitted). Fitted with Full radio control for both regulator and reversing valve gear using 2.4GHz R/C. Painted in Crimson Lake.

Date: 07/12/12
Drivers Notes: Has seen little service recently.

Countess   -   Number 823

This Accucraft loco is by far always the cleanest at the CFR! Owner Steve has had an up and down ride with the Countess with one problem after another...Problems with both the smoke box door melting and worries about the gas jet have left Steve on edge every run. However now they think that all the problems are now ironed out, could there be a light at the end of the tunnel? The 1:19 scale model of W&L 0-6-0Ts ‘Countess’ are the latest live steam locomotives to be produced by Accucraft. Fitted with slide valves the loco has fantastic slow speed and heavy haulage capabilities.

  • Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
  • Length over couplings: 323mm (12 ¾ inches)
  • Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
  • Width: 106mm (4 ¼ inches)
  • Min Radius: 900mm (36 inches)
  • Maximum height: 168mm (6 ½ inches)
  • Boiler: Centre Flue
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Reversing Gear: Simplified walschaerts
  • Fuel: Butane Gas
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator under floor drain valve.

     

    Date: 30/08/12
    Drivers Notes: Running well after several months out of service.

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  • Above is a picture of CFR member Steve's Countess pulling off the shed

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    The Earl   -   Number 822

    Owner Steve's second engine has now been fully ran in and is working well. This loco has been fittde with a summerlands chuffer. This is a sister loco the Countess and so far has ran nothing but a dream. The 1:19 scale model of W&L 0-6-0Ts ‘The Earl’ is one of the latest live steam locomotives to be produced by Accucraft. Fitted with slide valves the loco has fantastic slow speed and heavy haulage capabilities.

  • Scale: 16mm to 1 foot (1:19)
  • Length over couplings: 323mm (12 ¾ inches)
  • Gauge: 32mm or 45mm
  • Width: 106mm (4 ¼ inches)
  • Min Radius: 900mm (36 inches)
  • Maximum height: 168mm (6 ½ inches)
  • Boiler: Centre Flue
  • Working Pressure: 60psi
  • Reversing Gear: Simplified walschaerts
  • Fuel: Butane Gas
  • Boiler Fittings: Safety valve, pressure gauge, water gauge.
  • Cab Controls: Steam regulator, gas regulator, reverse lever, lubricator under floor drain valve.

     

    Date: 25/11/12
    Drivers Notes: Running Well.
     Engine seen running here with sister engine Countess. (Countess Green, Earl Black)

  • LYN   -   Number 762

    Ken's steamer is now working after being back to the shop twice and has had to be rebuild because a little accident. Lets hope it keeps this way. The model is internally gas fired and has had a conversion to radio control. The engine is gauge adjustable for either 32mm (‘0’ gauge) or 45mm (‘1’ gauge) – all the parts for this are supplied with the model. This operation can be undertaken by the owner and only takes a few minutes. The cab roof lifts up to give access to the gas, water and lubricator fillers. The boiler is fitted with a water level check valve and the lubricator has an under floor drain. The chassis features the prototypical “bar” frame design and is fully sprung. The wheels are spoked and insulated as standard.

    Date: 25/11/12
    Drivers Notes: Nothing to report.

    Chaloner

    Chaloner is a reproduction of a locomotive built by De Winton in the 1880's. It was employed at the Pen-yr-orsedd Quarry Tramways and Penybryn Quarry. Chaloner is preserved on the Leighton Buzzard Light Railway. Chaloner has a gauge of 2ft. The model of Chaloner is made by Regner, it is 7/8ths scale with a gauge of 45mm. She will run along side our Regner "Willi" another Verticle boilered locomotive.

    Date: 11/10/11
    Drivers Notes: Working order though has seen little use through the summer.

    Willi I & II

    The Regner vertical boilered 0-4-0 named "Willi" are the first Manual and Regner loco we have on the railway. Both are nothing but trouble! Both are currently out of service. 
     
    Date: 1/1/12
    Drivers Notes:
          Stored out of service!
         

    Willi

     

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