Toddington
Narrow
Gauge
Railway


NEWS 2011

September 2011

August Bank Holiday Sunday and Monday were quite busy. The Hunslet diesel covered the early services, with Justine taking over around midday. Although not advertised in the timetable, it is intended to operate a diesel service on the narrow gauge on Sunday 11 September. The Classic Vehicles rally at Toddington on Sunday 18 September should see Brigadelok 1091 in use, it will be the last opportunity this year to ride on the narrow gauge.

Further work has been carried out on the Hibberd, the Motor Rail and skips. More research has uncovered further information about our Gloucester RCW carriage. A lady from the family that acquired it remembers its arrival at their farm at Roberts End, around 1932/33. It was hauled there by what sounds like a traction engine; it is understood the family owned one for use in their haulage business. She says the carriage was always referred to as the Wembley Van. The carriage was shifted to Teddington Fields at an unknown date, but probably pre-war. A visitor to Toddington has been able to provide quite a lot of information about the Roadrails system on which our carriage was used at the British Empire Exhibition from his research into the Dutton of Worcester signalling equipment manufacturers. It was Frank Dutton who patented the system used by Roadrails Ltd. Further research by our own members has also found more information, so the history is all building up nicely, though details and photographs of the system in use at the Wembley exhibition in 1924 and 1925 are still required if anyone can help out with possible references.

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