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Ripon Light Railway

Posted: Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:02 am
by chris stockdale
I'm surprised I can't find any mention of the Ripon Light Railway beyond a passing reference in the Gnatterbox Prototype Prattles so I thought a quick link:

http://www.wiseacres.co.uk/rlr/

was in order. Although the main (if you can call it that) railway is 2' gauge there is reference to Decauville and a number of Decauville items on hand. See this Flickr set for some great photos:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/truckintim ... 902107243/

and there is some YouTube footage here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rt6s2DeL ... ata_player

cheers,

Posted: Sun Feb 24, 2013 1:03 pm
by Willow Creek Traction

Posted: Mon Feb 25, 2013 9:22 am
by rue_d_etropal
Neill Clayton has been a well known figure up north,and used to bring some 40cm gauge stock to Narrow Gauge North.
some pictures here
http://www.narrowgaugenorth.org.uk/gallery/category/6-narrow-gauge-north-2007
about half way through(depends how many pics displayed per page)

I have had a few conversations with him, and he was very positive about my Port d'Étropal layout when I visited Porthmadoc a few years ago, saying I captured the spirit of the locos well. I was trying to remember his name this weekend when I was exhibiting at Eastleigh, will have to note it down somewhere handy :wink:

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 10:32 am
by Adam Roper
Neill is always happy to talk to enthusiasts - contact details are on his website.

He is taking a very small 16mm layout to Narrow Gauge North this year - the 40cm stock will stay at home this time

There is quite a lot on site - 2', 18", 50cm, 40cm & 15" in various forms.

The current addition is the Greenbat battery loco from the Abbey Light Railway - link http://www.freewebs.com/abbeylightrailway/no12.htm. this will now join some of its original wagons and track.

The main line is pretty splendid taking in a horseshoe curve, canal side wharf and ending in the yard for the industrial units with junctions into the engine shed, museum and workshops along the way. Unlike larger lines you have to drive the loco as the curves and gradients make it a challenge.

Please note that there are strict rules regarding loco driving - you have to have a good excuse ready if you don't want to have a go (under supervison of course). And you will have to have a medical certificate to get out of winding the starting handle...

Posted: Thu Feb 28, 2013 1:13 pm
by 90733
I think I remember seeing the 16mm layout at last years NGN? I have had many a lucky chnace to drive the greenbat and no doubt it will be at a good home. Maybe one day i'll go and hunt it down again ;)

Posted: Wed Mar 06, 2013 12:40 pm
by Adam Roper
Oddly enough I was standing on 90733 last Friday

I wasn't invited to drive it though.....

I will have a day at Neill's shortly to fix some of the big Listers - hopefully I will build another 16mm one before Narrow Gauge North on Saturday but it might be another overnight job (something of a tradition for Neill's layout)

Posted: Tue Mar 19, 2013 1:05 pm
by Adam Roper
Despite being ill I had an afternoon with Neill yesterday to check out his newly aquired Greenbat - it hasn't worked since he tried to charge it but a purchase of 29 litres of distilled water cured the problem so Neill now has battery & diesel options with petrol to follow on.

Neill is happy and so am I - I have never driven electric before so it was quite an experience. I must do some resleepering though....

Anyone who wants a go should contact Neill on 01765 690906 and arrange a visit - he's usually around

Posted: Mon Jul 29, 2013 9:49 am
by Adam Roper
I have had a few fun days at Neill's recently.

On the first trip I took a retired neighbour there for the day and fitted the correct bearings into the new Lister to make it a rolling chassis before assembling a large overhead hoist in the museum building. Of course we played trains a bit too.

We also had an evening trip so that my Aunts could have a go - I took my neighbour's 6 year old son along too and showed him how to drive the Greenbat - he's very good indeed with this considering his age. Pity no one told me he hadn't had any tea but he had a good time anyway.

The last trip was to repair my written off Vauxhall Astra . In theory you need new panels, body jigs, hydraulic rams etc but what we actually did involved a chain and a 1936 Lister - a few good pulls brought it back to where it should be. Not what you would normally expect but it worked.

We also began to assemble the new Lister - it now has a working clutch and a J.A.P. engine in place and looks a bit better. Given some extra work it should be OK.....

Neill's wedding

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 8:38 am
by Adam Roper
Neill got married to Sheila on Saturday which was quite an experience

The groom and one of the best men went to the ceremony by vintage butchers bike, the bride and the other best man went by Morris Traveller, the rings were delivered by a 16mm Lister running up the aisle and the bride and groom left by horse and carriage for a trip to the canal basin and a cruise down the canal to the reception

The best men were initially forbidden to operate the railway but eventually the idea of running just one boat train for the bride and groom was accepted so Lister 7954 of 1936 did the honours with the van

Having got the bride and groom to a temporary platform outside the reception the best men were asked to run some extra trains for the guests - this went down very well. The Lister went to bed just as it got dark with a garden light thing on the buffer beam so that the crew could see where we were going.

Quite a way to get married - Neill was worried about the combination of alcohol and trains which is why any railway activity was forbidden but in the end it all worked very well

Posted: Tue Sep 10, 2013 11:22 am
by chris stockdale
Great news! And what fun too.

But photos, we must have photos - please!

cheers,

Posted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:29 pm
by chris stockdale
Adam is not set up for popping photos onto the Gnatterbox, but has kindly sent me some to do the honours with. If he will pardon my saying that several are quite similar I offer the following, lightly Photoshopped jobbie for your enjoyment.Surely this is how all weddings should be done? :D


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cheers,

Photos

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 9:55 am
by Adam Roper
Its hard to get different views of something like that - it was bad enough keeping the guests out of the way long enough to get a photo....

The loco is the Greenbat which didn't actually haul the train - it suffered a failed cell in the week before the wedding and had to be fixed at short notice by a firm from Newcastle who despatched their salesman with the cell and sent a fitter from Drax power station to fit it. All arranged because the office girls knew it was a wedding and liked the idea

The matting is for the evening dancing - we couldn't have got them any closer to the reception if we'd tried. And indeed all weddings should be this way!

I built a model of the Greenbat in 16mm scale - perfect in every respect until Neill started painting the real thing. Its going to be green when he finishes it

Posted: Wed Sep 18, 2013 10:15 am
by Adam Roper
There's a picture of the loco we sent down the aisle if you follow this link

http://www.flickr.com/photos/truckintim/8549171109/in/photostream/

Its a bit crude but it is more or less to scale - and having a scale model of the groom delivering the wedding rings by train must be a first

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 10:31 am
by chris stockdale
More wedding news recently in from Adam Roper - but first a pic he sent:


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'The models are 16mm scale based on bits from the I.P. Engineering range but have been modified a bit to represent the real railway.

The Lister has been made as close to scale as possible – the standard kit is really for 45mm gauge and has been beefed up to look right for a 3’ gauge loco. In reality virtually all Listers were 2’ gauge so the model has been reduced in width to as close to scale as possible while the chassis has been fitted with smaller wheels to get the height down as far as possible. Real Listers are 3’ wide with around 2” ground clearance – the model isn’t quite like that but it isn’t far off. The engine unit has 2 cylinders where the kit only has 1 – a small detail but it makes a difference if you’re used to the real thing.

The van is a scale model of Neill’s van and is not too far out – the photograph makes it look a bit rougher than it really is as flash photography is rather cruel at times. The van has the batteries and switches inside as there isn’t room under the reduced width Lister.

The ring carrier has no known prototype but is painted and lettered to match the Nissan truck Neill used to use for his haulage business – it’s made of a skip chassis with a balsa wood body and will go back to being a skip shortly. Borrowing skip chassis for temporary wagons is a very old practice in all scales right up to full size.

The model of Neill took a bit of doing – it started out with a flat cap which took a bit of carving off. The pony tail is made from solder and took ages but it does look like Neill which entertained his grandchildren. Pity about the paint wearing away – I must repaint it sometime.

The track is Hornby tinplate which worked very well indeed.

All the models are coarse scale and intended to look OK on a garden railway rather than fine scale models. Not everyone understands this but it’s how it is.'



Thanks for that Adam.

cheers,

Posted: Thu Oct 10, 2013 12:34 pm
by 90733
Thanks for sharing the photos. The greenbat was problay my favourite loco at Abbey, I've also like the yellow colour shceme, but its his trainset :lol: :lol:
Any chance of some pictures of your 16mm scale greenbat?

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 4:42 am
by Adrian
G'day Chris
The model of Neill took a bit of doing – it started out with a flat cap which took a bit of carving off. The pony tail is made from solder and took ages but it does look like Neill which entertained his grandchildren.


You do realize that it is possible to obtain 3D printed characters modeled from a series of photos nowadays ?
http://www.1minime.com/customized-bobbl ... -products/
is one place but there are others ----- (one charges $7,000 which is a bit of an overkill !)

Cheers

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 11:03 am
by Adam Roper
90733 wrote:Thanks for sharing the photos. The greenbat was problay my favourite loco at Abbey, I've also like the yellow colour shceme, but its his trainset :lol: :lol:


It is indeed his trainset - he just lets me play with it sometimes. :)

The Greenbat is being looked after - it offers instant availability if anyone drops in and is simple enough for a 6 year old to drive given minimal supervision

I will get a picture of it

Posted: Fri Oct 11, 2013 3:46 pm
by chris stockdale
As requested, the 16mm model, info and pics courtesy Adam.

(I'm keeping these in this thread as being part of the story rather than popping them off into a model spot)

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And some blurb (note, we are talking 16mm scale here):

The Greenbat is made from plastic sheet with I P Engineering wheels, axles and motor etc. The switches look a bit crude but they are in the right place as the real thing has its controls on the same box. The driver looks a bit dwarfed but in reality your head is about there anyway. Works plates etc are printed and laminated on the office printer while the wasp stripes are from electrical tape.

cheers,

Posted: Mon Oct 14, 2013 11:36 am
by Adam Roper
Thanks Chris

Like all my models its made to look OK from 3 feet away - getting in close shows how basic it is

Posted: Thu Oct 17, 2013 1:24 pm
by 90733
That George model looks great, and the first time I've seen a Greenbat modelled in 16mm really. I keep intending to build a 16mm George to replace my terriable card model I did many years ago!
I've no doubt George (or any of the EX ALR fleet) is in good hands, it will be nice to see how they change at their new homes :)

Posted: Mon Mar 10, 2014 5:33 pm
by Trammer
Only just found this thread.

I am exceptionally glad that Neil has the Greenbat. I bought it from Chemical and Insulating in Darlington twenty odd years ago, almost prising it out of the hands of the scrappies (They were scrapping the site from one end whilst I was extricating the railway from t'other). Neill helped me recover the loco which we moved on his massively overloaded Nissan Cabstar.

The loco never ran in my ownership and I soon swapped it with the late Peter Lowe of the Abbey Light Railway for the remains of Lister 11410/1939 which is still in my ownership.

Glad that it has gone to a good home and is in safe hands.

Posted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 11:58 pm
by Adam Roper
Overloaded Nissan Cabstars were one of Neill's specialities – it was a sad day when the last one went. The loss of carrying capacity is the reason for the lightweight petrol Lister – moving the other Listers now means hiring a truck while the petrol one should be OK on the trailer (with luck)

Does anyone know if the Greenbat had a light on it at Chemical and Insulated? Neill inherited one from Terry Stanhope and we’re wondering if it came off the Greenbat – knowing Terry anything’s possible....

Posted: Sun Mar 23, 2014 7:07 pm
by Trammer
Adam Roper wrote:Overloaded Nissan Cabstars were one of Neill's specialities – it was a sad day when the last one went. The loss of carrying capacity is the reason for the lightweight petrol Lister – moving the other Listers now means hiring a truck while the petrol one should be OK on the trailer (with luck)

Does anyone know if the Greenbat had a light on it at Chemical and Insulated? Neill inherited one from Terry Stanhope and we’re wondering if it came off the Greenbat – knowing Terry anything’s possible....


I am pretty sure that it didn't have a light on it when it came out of C&I

Posted: Tue Apr 01, 2014 11:40 am
by Adam Roper
Trammer wrote:I am pretty sure that it didn't have a light on it when it came out of C&I

We think Terry Stanhope beat you to it and got the lamp before you got the loco.

Either way we had it out on Sunday for a run up and down the line. I have very little time these days but it was good to get the stock out - if anyone wants to visit please call Neill on 01765 690906 and we will show you round.

The lightweight Lister now has wooden center ballast weights fitted complete with fibreglass resin letters - from 10 feet away they almost look the part....

Posted: Wed Apr 02, 2014 3:46 pm
by Trammer
Adam Roper wrote:
Trammer wrote:I am pretty sure that it didn't have a light on it when it came out of C&I

We think Terry Stanhope beat you to it and got the lamp before you got the loco.

Either way we had it out on Sunday for a run up and down the line. I have very little time these days but it was good to get the stock out - if anyone wants to visit please call Neill on 01765 690906 and we will show you round.

The lightweight Lister now has wooden center ballast weights fitted complete with fibreglass resin letters - from 10 feet away they almost look the part....


Neill and I moved the loco from C&I before Terry got involved.

I did a deal with Cape Insulation who owned and were closing C&I. The loco was moved just before Cape shut the site. After Cape abandoned the site I started lifting the railway.

I was pulling the railway out of one end of the works whilst the scrappies were working at the other. I bailed out when the scrappies started cutting into some tunnel kilns which had been welded shut in the 1960s - before the Cape lads left they told me to go nowhere near the kilns, I took their advice.

It was only after I left that Terry got directly involved, buying kit from the scrappies. If memory serves Terry bought some rail (14lb/yd), kiln cars and at least one battery electric traverser car. These ended up at his 15" railway at Arthington Gas Works. I believe some of this kit was later stolen by pikies.

In all probability Terry didn't come into contact with the loco until it arrived at Peter Lowe's Abbey Light Railway.