Statford Barn Railway – Museum

Last weekend I visited Statfold Barn Railway and I posted some photos of some of the locos operating. There were many more locomotives on display in the museum and it’s well worth sharing some photos of these too.

The first two photos show the roundhouse which is part of the museum. There are some empty tracks because many of the locos were operating when I took the photos!

There are locos everywhere. They even suspend them from the walls and ceilings.

The quality of the restorations is astounding. This is Ryam Sugar Company No. 1, built by Davenport in 1919, imported from India in 2013, apparently this is the only example of a Davenport loco in the UK.

Built by Corpet in Paris in 1884, ‘Minas de Aller’ No. 2, has Brown’s valve gear and a rocker arm driven indirect drive to the coupled wheels. This is a very elegant loco. I’m not sure why, perhaps, the way the sturdy pannnier tanks lead to the curved, almost minimalist, cab front. Or that beautiful light green livery…

A homebuild project by the ‘Wilbrighton Wagon Works’ in 2007, ‘Howard’ with its vertical marine boiler bears some resemblance to a De Winton loco. Although never used in the construction industry it is painted in the livery of the civil engineering business of the father of the founder of Statfold Barn.

There are plenty of small, industrial diesels to admire. This little Hunslet was built in 1941 for the Ministry of Supply Engineering Stores and came to Statfold via the Abbey Light Railway.

Meet ‘Hissing Sid’ a replica of a 19th Century Lishman & Young compressed air loco. The original was made for use in colleries in the north east of England.

This Greenbat electric is beautifully restored electric loco, looking in ex-works condition. It’s used for light shunting, such as moving the carriages in and out of the carriage sheds.

Not everything is beautifully restored. There are many locos locos awaiting restoration such as this Baldwin from 1916.  Originally built for service in WW1, it subsequently went to India and was imported into the UK in 2013.

Next two unusual quarry locos. ‘The Eclipse’ was originally a Bagnall saddle tank built for the Llechwedd Slate Quarry, Blaenau Ffestiniog and was converted to an overhead wire electric loco in 1927. The boiler, cylinders and saddle tank were removed, the cab was lowered and two trolley poles were fitted to the roof.

‘The Coalition’ was originally a Bagnall too, but an inverted saddle tank (often called a wing tank) built in 1890. It was converted to an overhead wire electric loco in 1930 because the creation of ‘The Eclipse’ was regarded as a success. Both locos belong to Slate Heritage International.

I’ve seen many model railways representing slate quarries but I don’t think I’ve seen these locos modelled. Perhaps the overhead wires put off modellers.

There are some unusual items in the Statfold. This is a rail conversion of a long wheelbase Land Rover. I’m a fan of Bob Hughes blog and the unusual railcars and PW vehicles he creates. This look like something Bob would model!

There’s a ‘Galloping Goose’ too. It was created at Statfold from a Morris lorry chassis.

The bonnet mascot looks more like a grumpy goose 🙂 (or is that a duck??)

One loco I particularly wanted to see was ‘Carnegie’ the ex-Royal Arsenal Railway Hunslet 0-4-4-0 DM built in 1954, that ran on the Bicton Woodland Railway for a number of years.  She’s still sporting her BWR livery and cosmetically doesn’t look too bad, but I’ve no idea how idea how much work is needed mechanically.

Continuing the 18 inch gauge theme. In the tram shed was ‘Jack’ a Hunslet 0-4-0WT of 1898 built for the John Knowles Metal Box Limited (located not far from Statfold Barn) where she was used to transport clay to the kilns. I love this little loco and was very pleased to see her ‘in the flesh’.

Next to ‘Jack’ was what looks like an original box van from the Woolwich Arsenal Railway.

There are locos everywhere at Statfold. Just parked in a siding was this 1950s Plymouth.

What a great collection and what a great place to visit !

3 comments

    • Hi Phil, Thanks, that’s really interesting. I didn’t realise that N Brass did 009 kits too, and there’s some interesting stuff available – even a kit for the overhead wires to match Eclipse! Perhaps an overhead line model is a rite of passage from every modeller but I think I’ll wait a little longer 🙂

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