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Traction Engine Line Up April 2022

We had a request for an article to be published in a couple of magazines with a focus on miniature traction Engines. This was a follow up by the freelance journalist who recently published an article in Old Glory, Issue 387 May 2022, following the history of a traction engine built by our late founder member Brian Donn.

So on the day we had a good selection of members vehicles lined up and running around the site together with the miniature railway. We await the publishing of the future article. Meanwhile below are a few photos taken on the day :



River Don Flood 19th/20th February 2022

Well what can I say ? We all held our breath as first one then two then a third big storm blew in off the atlantic in quick succession bringing extremely high winds and torrential rain.

How high will the river get, will it breach the banks ?

Well on the weekend of Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th February we found out that the river was rising fast and by Sunday had already breached the riverbanks and was still rising and peaked into Monday morning.

The remedial work done to strengthen and stabilise the river bank by the upper loop had been successful in preventing the 90 degree bend in the river taking a short cut directly across the site, which it had done in 2007 prior to the bank strengthening work. Therefore, the upper part of the site did not suffer too badly but the strength of the flood was eveident in the aftermath as lots of ballast had been washed away further down the site. Other items were washed down the site and found far away from where they had been.

Thanks to a great effort by around 15 members we were able to restore the railway track to running order but it does need some ballast tamping and a thorough check for any damage. Large amounts of branches, and twigs had to be removed and the site still needs the sediment removing to get it back to normal.

The water levels were such that the carriage shed was part submerged as can be seen by the tide marks on the carriages in the photo below.

The engine shed had a tide mark about 6 inches above track level. 3 battery electric locos had therefore been immersed in water, not a good sign. However, after exposing the electronics to the air to dry we successfully managed to get all locos back to running condition. The class 20 needs a little further work as it was damaged during a test run where it hit a stone and derailed.

The signalling was also a concern but as we had changed over to sealed hall effect sensors all signalling worked ok except for the PIR which protects the tunnel entrance which seems to have had the power, 12V, cables severed.

The clubhouse mains power had been isolated on the sunday to minimise damage from the rising water. Fortunately the water level only just reached the clubhouse floor and had encroached about 6 feet inside. The clubhouse carpet was aired and the mains power dried, reconnected and tested. Power in the clubhouse, signalbox and carriage shed have all succssfully been restored.

Next job was check the compressor in the signal box. it was tested and after drying a little is now functional again.



For earlier news items please see the previous News Pages and the News archive which contains items up to November 2012