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Amerton Railway


The Amerton Railway is a 2 ft (610 mm) narrow gauge heritage railway in the English county of Staffordshire. It is owned by the Staffordshire Narrow Gauge Railway Society.

Construction of the railway started in 1990 in a field at the side of Amerton Working Farm. The first trains ran in 1992, but it was around 10 years later when the railway was completed as a full circle with two passing loops.

Contents

  • Development of the line 1
  • Locomotives 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Development of the line

In May 2012[1] the 17 acres of land on which the railway is run was purchased by the railway, securing the future of operations at Amerton.

Recently work has started on modifying the headshunt to provide more room on the railway and an additional passing loop.

A comprehensive industrial demonstration railway is now being developed to add a turning triangle and a large amount of outdoor storage space.

Restoration is in progress on a number of narrow gauge waggons. A set of 4 RNAD box vans and flats have been restored and work has started on 3 RAF Fauld drop-side waggons. The railway has recently acquired a large number of 2 foot 6 inch gauge RNAD waggon chassis that are on the list to be re-gauged and restored as time and finance allows.

Locomotives

Name Builder Type Date Works number Notes Image
Isabel W.G. Bagnall 0-4-0ST 1897 1491 Built for the Cliffe Hill Mineral Railway. Fully operational.
Jennie Hunslet 0-4-0ST 2008 3905 New build Kerr Stuart Wren class built by Hunslet. Privately owned but kept at Amerton.
Lorna Doone Kerr Stuart 0-4-0ST 1922 4250 Wren class. Rebuild in progress, frames painted, new boiler complete. Now a rolling chassis in the engine shed.
Henschel (unofficial name) Henschel 0-8-0T 1916 526 Built for the German trench railways. Spent most of its working life at the Sena Sugar Estate, Mozambique. Now under restoration.
Emmet Orenstein & Koppel 0-4-0T 1938, converted to steam in 2003 21159 A new build steam locomotive, no longer based at Amerton.
Paddy Alan Keef Ltd 0-4-0VTB with Tender 2007 In service, permanently moved to Statfold Barn Railway
Number 1 W.G. Bagnall 0-4-0ST 1911 1889 A kit of parts awaiting restoration.
Yellow Peril (unofficial name) Motor Rail 4wDM 1975 40SD501 Built for the Severn Trent Water Authority's Minworth Sewage Works. Arrived at Amerton in 1991. Operational.
Dorman Motor Rail 4wDM 1940 7471 Built for Hussey, Egan & Pickmere Ltd, Birmingham. Arrived at Amerton in 1991. Operational.
Dreadnought Baguley 0-4-0DM (steam outline) 1939 3024 Built for Wilson's Pleasure Railway, Allhallows-on-Sea, Kent. Arrived at Amerton in 1991. In service, used infrequently on passenger services.
Yard № 70 Ruston and Hornsby 4wDM 1943 221623 Built for the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge Chattenden and Upnor Railway. Arrived at Amerton in 1992. Under repair.
Gordon Hunslet 4wDM 1978 8561 Built for the National Coal Board's Allerton Bywater and Castlebridge collieries. Arrived at Amerton in 1996. In service, a regular on passenger trains.
The Littleton Ruston (unofficial name) Ruston and Hornsby 4wDM 1964 506491 Built for the 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge National Coal Board South Staffordshire Collieries. Arrived at Amerton in 1992. Operational.
The Hibberd (unofficial name) F. C. Hibberd & Co. 4wDM 1937 2025 Bought by Gravelworks Ltd for the Preston Irwell Valley Water Board. Restoration in progress.
Golspie Baguley 0-4-0DM (steam outline) 1935 2085 Built for Trentham Gardens. Later stored at Alton Towers for possible use on Alton Towers Narrow Gauge Railway. Arrived at Amerton in 2000. Restoration in progress.
№ 774 Baguley 0-4-0PM 1919 774 Worked on the Hendre-Ddu Tramway. On loan from the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum for a cosmetic restoration. Left Amerton on 21 November 2008 and is now on display at Statfold Barn Railway.

See also

References

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External links

  • Official website

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