Hi all. Today my day started at 4:30am, so that I would be ready to leave the house at 5am. The Saxo was rudely awoken from its slumber and we headed off for the delights of the Statfold Barn Railway, via McDonalds of course! I arrived at Statfold at just before 6am and continued into the dark car park. In the empty running shed I found Phil (SBR Staff) and he instructed me to light our engine asap so that she would be ready for the day. Using a pile of dry wood and a paraffin-soaked rag, I lit the fire promptly and little red "Statfold" was soon crackling away...With the embryo fire lit I continued to add a few more bits of wood before allowing it to properly 'take hold'. Once we had a strong wood fire with some high heat there, it was time to add the very smoky coal. Smoky coal generally has a high Carbon content and this makes it ideal for lighting up. I tend to find that smokeless fuels are harder to get lit...but that's just me. Driver John arrived at just after 7am and discovered me oiling up the locomotive. All around us the rest of the Statfold fleet was coming to life on this damp morning...the atmosphere on shed is brilliant...
|A Busy Shed Frontage!|
- 0-4-0 Port Quarry "Sybil Mary" of 1906
- 0-4-0 New Built Quarry Hunslet "Statfold" of 2005
- 0-4-0 O & K "Pakis Baru No1" of 1900
- 0-4-4-0 O & K Mallet "Pakis Baru No5" of 1905
- 0-6-0 Hudswell Clarke "GP39" of 1930
- 4-4-0 Bagnall Side Tank "Isibutu" (known as "Isibeauty"!) of 1945
- 0-4-4-0 SF Djatibarang No9, Jung Mallet of 1930
- 0-6-0 Corpet Side Tank "Minas de Aller 2" of 1884
- 0-4-2 Large Hunslet "Josephine" of 1936
- 0-4-2 Large Hunslet "Trangkil No4" of 1971 ("Yes"...that late!)
- 0-4-2 Krauss "Sragi No1" of 1899
- 0-6-0 O & K "Sragi No14 - Max" of 1923
- 0-4-0 Avonside "Marchlyn" of 1933
- 0-4-2 Fowler Side Tank "Saccharine" of 1914
- 0-4-0 Hudswell Clarke No19 - Saddle Tank of 1908
|A Sunny Shot of "Statfold"|
|A Beautiful Shot by Geoff (www.geoffspages.co.uk)|
Below is a video taken from Youtube. It gives a good idea of the intensity and enjoyment of the Open Day. The first two shots (rather aptly) show "Sybil Mary" & "Statfold" chugging along. In the first shot, John is driving on the fairly flat section of line away from the Balloon Loop. In the 2nd shot I am driving and have to give "Statfold" a fair bit of steam to help "Sybil Mary" up the steep bank when the Driver doesn't give her quite enough steam...
The trip I drove was our 4th run and by now we were starting to tire. "Statfold" was running beautifully and seemed a very powerful little tool. The Hunslets returned to the shed just before 4pm and then those of us on the shed were told to keep the engines quiet and their fires low so that they could go to bed quickly after the 5pm Cavalcade. Another coffee then beckoned! At 5pm I drove "Statfold" down off the shed and around into the main field for the Cavalcade. Following the huge line up we gave a massive chorus of whistles to the admiring crowd. Unfortunately Mallet No9 and Sragi No1 had both failed and so could not take part, but the other 13 engines were there...and in fine form too. Following the cavalcade I drove the engine back up and onto the shed ready for disposal, seen below approaching the Garden Railway crossing...
|Me Driving "Statfold" onto the Shed (D.Hone)|