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"PRINCESS" IDA

 

The S&T volunteers were out installing telegraph poles at Ty`n y Ceunant last week. As the farm will also benefit, they had the loan of the farm`s Fergusson “little grey” tractor, a common sight in the area. This one is fitted with an earth auger, ideal for post hole work. In the background is the newly arrived and renovated 0-4-0 LAT, No. 7.  Ruston and Hornsby 20HP LAT, works no. 426214 was built in 1957 to 18” gauge for the British Railways Horwich Loco Works. It fell out of use at Horwich in 1965 and was offered for disposal. Re-gauged and overhauled, No.7 was named “Ida” in memory of a local girl who loved walking on Cader Idris. Here, the loco is coupled to a Talyllyn gunpowder van which, although renovated in ICI colours, is in use as S&T’s tool wagon. As you can see, there are four supervisors and one worker in the team.

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ANN - INTERNATIONAL TRAVELLER

 

Kerr Stuart Wren No. 2392, an “early” type, was originally built for service on the Royal Navy Camber railway at Navy Point, Port Stanley, Falkland Islands. Built at the California Works at Stoke-on-Trent, this 0-4-0 ST arrived on the islands with contractor, W Cubitt on 3 March 1915. The Camber railway supported the construction and operation of the Moody Brook spark transmitter until its closure in 1922. Thereafter, 2392 and sister engine 2388 languished in a scrap pile at Navy Point. Restored, re-boilered and re-christened, “Ann” now runs light passenger and goods trains through Ty’n y Ceunant. One Wren remains at Navy Point today.

 

Although now fitted with a larger boiler and new sand boxes, Ann retains the original internal Stephenson link motion.

 

"Ann" is a kit from Narrow Planet, mounted on a Japanese chassis. With a little extra weight, it runs very well on the limited gradients on the layout. We have added some enhancements such as copper pipes, regulator and brake column. The mechanism is well hidden and allows for considerable detail on the footplate.  We still have to complete the boiler pipework on either side. "Ann" is coupled to GR open sheep wagons, kit-bashed from Rodney Stenning slate wagons.

We found the Ruston, a beautifully built Brian Madge kit (we think), at the neighbouring 009 Society stand at the Warley show in 2014. Although David was present throughout, Roe managed to test-run, barter for and acquire Ida as a surprise Christmas present completely without his knowledge – 10 out 10 for feminine intuition. The gunpowder van was bought at the Parkside Dundas stand at the show. The Fergusson earth auger is a white metal kit whose origin we can’t remember and the tractor is an Oxford TEA. As with other cameos, folk and vehicles are removable.

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ST ATHAN MOUNTAIN RESCUE TEAM

 

In the nineteen sixties, the RAF mountain rescue teams regularly stopped for fuel at the Thomas Motor Mart White Hut near Dolgellau where David worked as a holiday job. (At £52 it was usually the largest weekly fuel sale). The cameo is based on photographs of the RAF St Athan team taken in 1960s which in full comprises a Bedford RL, Series 2 Landrover and trailer, a rare Series 1 Landrover ambulance and an Austin K9 radio vehicle. The team is seen here on a training exercise in what would normally be the RAF Valley team's patch in Snowdonia.

 

The RL, K9 and ambulance are not readily available from 00 railway sources. We found a Lesney K9 in a Portsmouth antique shop and the ambulance is "scratch modified" around an Oxford Series 1 LWB. Accuracy has been a challenge as we could only find three photograhs of the vehicles as they were at the time.

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