News

Brexit hits a new Low!

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Wed, 03/17/2021 - 02:45

Production at Low End Works is now held up due to Brexit border delays!

Loco No.6 is nearing completion but cannot be released to traffic until a proper power control handle has been installed on the driver's control panel.

Electrical work

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Fri, 03/12/2021 - 02:27

Work on assembling the power control circuits for new battery loco No.6 has commenced.

Electrical components were supplied by Essel Engineering Ltd along with a very good wiring diagram. The components are:

No.6: Frame and Footplate

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Fri, 02/26/2021 - 03:04

The loco frame was drilled with 3mm bit to create mounting holes for the footplate brackets. These will be screwed to the frame with 6BA brass bolts and the holes in the brackets may need to be oversized to allow clearance.

Discarded patterns

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Mon, 02/22/2021 - 04:08

Progress on new loco No.6. An iterative process of design development has been undertaken to produce a satisfactory design for the cab.

The experimental discarded patterns in card can be seen in the photos.

Snow service resumes!

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Sun, 02/14/2021 - 03:59

Problems with running in snowy conditions have been solved by using No.3 Mate Susan in place of the booked duty loco No.4 Capt John.

Susan is externally fired and so her wheels get hotter than John's! This greatly assists adhesion on icy rails.

Snow at Beckfoot

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Mon, 02/08/2021 - 03:47

The so-called Beast from the Baltic has arrived and the SdR route is already under a modest layer of fresh snow. But more appears to be on the way.

No.5 rebuild update

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Sat, 01/23/2021 - 21:42

New battery box mountings have been designed and manufactured for No.5 being rebuilt and also for No.6 which will soon  be under construction as a new-build locomotive.

Battery Loco rebuild

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Sat, 01/23/2021 - 21:31

SADMC battery mining loco No.5 JACKY is now in the workshops at Low End for another rebuilding project. This time it has been decided to remove the cooling fan motor from the control cubicle as it is not really needed and uses a lot of battery power.

Roger under the drill

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Wed, 12/23/2020 - 03:41

No.2 Boy Roger continues to undergo major rebuilding in Low End Works. Recent work included making and fitting cab access steps.

These required holes to be drilled in the cab floor to take the fixings.

Progress on the new cab

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Sun, 12/13/2020 - 04:45

Progress is being made on the new cab for Roger.

It was found that the doorways would need to be extended right up to roof level in order that a 16mm scale driver would be able to get in and out without bashing his bonce.

Making a new cab

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Sun, 12/13/2020 - 04:40

Cardboard patterns for a new cab for Roger have been made and finalised. Then the finished pattern was then flattened out and placed onto a sheet of steel, marked round in ink lining pen, and then the steel was cut to shape.

Sunday test train

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Tue, 11/24/2020 - 01:50

The Sunday service train on 22nd November was operated by loco No.2 Boy Roger as an experiment to see whether the little Mamods are capable of hauling the new and heavy Mk2 steel coaches. The service was run as a single coach train using coach 206.

Leaves on the Line!

Submitted by andrew.sdr on Fri, 11/13/2020 - 01:39

It's that time of year again when autumn leaves cause a hazard to trains on the Swallowdale Railway. A clean sweep has to be made manually before the services can run, and drivers have to remain vigilant....!