Wells Harbour Railway

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Sat Jun 21, 2008 7:51 pm

Here's a couple of shots taken during my visit last week:
Image Turning Howard at Pinewoods Station.

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En route to Wells Harbour.

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A lady I met in France in 1956.
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Postby Simon Moore » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:11 pm

Nice photos! I love their little steamer, Edmund :D I have to say I don't envy the diesel drivers having to position their locos on the turntables, particularly the one at the far end of the line...
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Postby Din » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:18 pm

Whenever I see that turntable I always think

"No expense spent."

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Postby More_Cats_Than_Sense » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:21 pm

I have some slides taken 15 years or so ago of the WHR, I must try and remember where I've put them.
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Postby Nick Ellingworth » Sat Jun 21, 2008 8:27 pm

I really should head up there at some point it's been absolutely ages since I went to either the WWLR or WHR, I suspect I was abut 7 or 8 last time I was there. :wink:

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Postby chris krupa » Mon Jun 23, 2008 8:36 am

That of course isn't a 'steamer'. It's an Alan Keef steam outline internal combustion thing. Nice (and unusual) design though.

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Postby Steve Bennett » Mon Jun 23, 2008 9:48 am

Nice collection of pics Gerry. Every time I see photo's of this line, I get to thinking of how the Pinewoods end would be a good basis for a layout :roll:
Never noticed until looking at your pics, the footboards in the shingle to give a firm footing while turning the turntable, makes perfect sense, but who would have thought of modelling that kind of detail :wink: .
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Postby Oztrainz » Tue Jun 24, 2008 12:34 am

Hi all,
I don't know if any one else has picked up that the turntable is assymetric. This turntable is unusual in that it does not have a central pivot point. Check out the difference in the distance to the pivot from where the track on each leg ends. This means that this tuntable cannot be spun through 360 degrees like most turntables can.

Anybody got any ideas on why it was built that way?

This approach could be useful in a model where the train always arrives on the same track and you only have 1 other track out. You could have fixed stop on each leg and with a stall motor to rotate the table it would give positive location of the track on each leg. This does away with track indexing problems for a small 2-road turntable.
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Postby Gerry Bullock » Tue Jun 24, 2008 7:48 am

You've answered your own question John. Only one train in operation at a time, always arrives at track in foreground so run round is completed along short leg of turntable.
If you look at photo 8 you'll see that only the arrival line has a locking mechanism to align track, neither of the sidings do. There was no other person present when driver ran round train so I'm not clear how alignment is ensured. I'll take a look when I'm next in area.
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Postby Igor » Fri Mar 23, 2012 10:41 pm

The turntable is very interesting, could be used to save space on micro-layouts :D . I wonder if anyone knows that this railway was designed and built by the same man that built the Wells and Walsingham Light Railway on the other side of town. WHR holds the record for the smallest gauge which has ever run a scheduled passenger service, while the W&WLR is the longest 10 1/4" gauge railway in the world (4 miles long). Visiting both would make an interesting rail holiday :D .

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Postby Jon Randall » Tue Mar 27, 2012 1:22 pm

Add in crabbing off the harbour wall, buying ice-cream and sweets and fish & chips (join the queue an hour before they open and you'll eat before midnight!) and you're not wrong there 8)
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Postby Si » Wed Mar 28, 2012 9:18 am

A lady I met in France in 1956.
The complete collection can be seen here.


I clicked on the link but it said page not found. This was disappointing as I wanted to see the complete collection of ladies that were met in France in 1956! :D

Nice photos though...have to agree with others that this would make a wonderful little railway in the land/sea-scape project with the harbour, the pine woods, the salt marshes, etc. Just a pity that the beautiful big wooden warehouse is a little too far along the front to get it in too.

Am now going to sit in a dark corner and hang my head in shame due to not noticing that it was only steam in outline and not reality, especially as I've sat on the bank behind the harbour and watched it go up and down for some time (although in mitigation I wasn't "into" railways back then) :oops:

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Postby Gerry Bullock » Mon Nov 19, 2012 4:49 pm

Si wrote:I clicked on the link but it said page not found. This was disappointing as I wanted to see the complete collection of ladies that were met in France in 1956! :D



They've long been thrown in the bin Si :!: :lol:

I've just been able to recover my photos from Fotopic, not that I'd actually lost any and the previously given link showing a range of photos from the Wells Harbour Railway is now here.

I've included the photos of the write-ups of the individual Locos which may be useful to anyone looking to build something Gnew.
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Wells Harbour Railway claims to fame

Postby MichaelPG » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:21 pm

The only railway under 15" gauge which:
1. closed a bus route
2. was washed away by floods a year or two after opening and was completely rebuilt by one man on his own
3. runs timetabled evening services (in the summer)
4. gets most of its business from people using it for transport, not pleasure
5. made a profit from day one

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Postby chris stockdale » Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:36 pm

Some interesting info there Michael, thanks.

There is a bit more about the railway here:

http://freespace.virgin.net/michael.l/whr/top.htm

I do rather like Edmund Hannay....

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Postby JeffSaxton » Thu Dec 13, 2012 7:15 pm

Initially, that picture of the turntable made my head hurt trying to sort it out, but upon reflection, it is an amazing way to save space and do the job at hand.
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