On 12th September a party of Branch members and friends visited Graham Lee’s Statfold Barn Railway on one of his well attended open days. Since our visit in 2014 considerable alterations have been made to the station layout to enable more trains to run.
As usual a large variety of narrow gauge steam was in action with some twelve locomotives operating. Notable amongst performers were 0-4-0T “Marchlyn” (AE of 1933) formerly on the Penrhyn quarry system and coming to Statfold after a long period in the States, 0-4-0 “Fiji” (HC of 1912) an former Lautoka sugar cane locomotive, and recently restored 0-4-0 (a Davenport of 1918) from a sugar factory in Bihar India which, last year, resided in the roundhouse with a tree through the frames.
The roundhouse and surrounding area contained many more locomotives restored or awaiting restoration accompanied by a collection of vintage road vehicles including a Stanley steamer.
The garden railway was being worked by 0-4-0VB “Paddy” (Warburton of 2007). A notable new addition was 18 seater railcar “The Goose” built at Statfold in 2015 to evoke the Galloping Geese units of the Rio Grande in Colorado. As always a visit not to be missed.
last updated: 13/09/15