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History 3 - The Rolling Stock

During the early days of the Society a members locomotives, Pete Farrar’s LNER B1 and

his Homeside 0-6-0 both steam operated, had been used pending the completion of the

Societies “Wren” steam locomotive. The “Wren” was completed in 2000 and was

named “Victoria Rose” a hybrid name based on the two names that the park in

Rawmarsh was known by, that is Rosehill Park and Victoria Park. A set of five carriages

designed to run on the multi-gauge raised track was constructed. One further carriage

was constructed for use at outside events.

Work commenced in July 2005 to construct

a petrol hydraulic locomotive for use on the

new ground level track. This was completed, except for painting, in the summer of 2007

and successful trials carried out. The loco was stripped down and painted and was

completed in time for the naming ceremony. Construction of two sets of double

articulated coaches for use on the new track was completed in 2008 and were used for the

first time during the Mayor’s visit.

A competition had been held at a local school to find a suitable name for the petrol hydraulic locomotive, with all the school pupils taking part. Eventually the name of “Green Dragon” was adopted, appropriate as the locomotive had been given a green livery. In April 2008 the Mayor of Rotherham, councillor Alan Jackson and the Mayoress were invited to carry out a naming ceremony, with all the pupils also attending the naming. Construction of a turntable commenced in 2012. The design is such that, by using a hydraulic system, the turntable would lift to various heights to serve the connection to the existing track, engine shed and steaming bays. The turntable is situated at the upper level of the site. The turntable was completed in 2014 thus eliminating manhandling of rolling stock. Work started on a new diesel hydraulic locomotive in 2012. A second hand diesel engine and hydraulic pumps were purchased but subsequently found to be of insufficient power. A refurbished diesel engine was purchased  which enabled progress to be made on the locomotive. It was decided that the locomotive would be a Co-Co loco based on a British Rail type 37. Steady progress has been made with only the body now outstanding.
How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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History 3 - The Rolling Stock

During the early days of the Society a members locomotives,

Pete Farrar’s LNER B1 and his Homeside 0-6-0 both steam

operated, had been used pending the completion of the

Societies “Wren” steam locomotive. The “Wren” was

completed in 2000 and was named “Victoria Rose” a hybrid

name based on the two names that the park in Rawmarsh

was known by, that is Rosehill Park and Victoria Park. A set

of five carriages designed to run on the multi-gauge raised

track was constructed. One further carriage was constructed

for use at outside events.

Work commenced in July 2005 to construct a petrol

hydraulic locomotive for use on the new ground level track.

This was completed, except for painting, in the summer of

2007 and successful trials carried out. The loco was stripped

down and painted and was completed in time for the

naming ceremony. Construction of two sets of double

articulated coaches for use on the new track was completed

in 2008 and were used for the first time during the Mayor’s

visit.

A competition had been held at a local school to find a suitable name for the petrol hydraulic locomotive, with all the school pupils taking part. Eventually the name of “Green Dragon” was adopted, appropriate as the locomotive had been given a green livery. In April 2008 the Mayor of Rotherham, councillor Alan Jackson and the Mayoress were invited to carry out a naming ceremony, with all the pupils also attending the naming. Construction of a turntable commenced in 2012. The design is such that, by using a hydraulic system, the turntable would lift to various heights to serve the connection to the existing track, engine shed and steaming bays. The turntable is situated at the upper level of the site. The turntable was completed in 2014 thus eliminating manhandling of rolling stock. Work started on a new diesel hydraulic locomotive in 2012. A second hand diesel engine and hydraulic pumps were purchased but subsequently found to be of insufficient power. A refurbished diesel engine was purchased  which enabled progress to be made on the locomotive. It was decided that the locomotive would be a      Co-Co loco based on a British Rail type 37. Steady progress has been made with only the body now outstanding.

Pete Farrar’s LNER B1 on multi-gauge track

Multi-gauge and ground level tracks

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How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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History 3 - The Rolling Stock

During   

the   

early   

days   

of   

the   

Society   

a

members   

locomotives,   

Pete   

Farrar’s   

LNER

B1   

and   

his   

Homeside   

0-6-0   

both   

steam

operated,    

had    

been    

used    

pending    

the

completion   

of   

the   

Societies   

“Wren”   

steam

locomotive.  

The  

“Wren”  

was  

completed  

in

2000   

and   

was   

named   

“Victoria   

Rose”   

a

hybrid  

name  

based  

on  

the  

two  

names  

that

the  

park  

in  

Rawmarsh  

was  

known  

by,  

that  

is

Rosehill  

Park  

and  

Victoria  

Park.  

A  

set  

of  

five

carriages  

designed  

to  

run  

on  

the  

multi-gauge  

raised  

track  

was  

constructed.

  

One  

further

carriage was constructed for use at outside events.

Work  

commenced  

in  

July  

2005  

to  

construct  

a

petrol  

hydraulic  

locomotive  

for  

use  

on  

the

new      

ground      

level      

track.      

This      

was

completed,    

except    

for    

painting,    

in    

the

summer  

of  

2007  

and  

successful  

trials  

carried

out.    

The    

loco    

was    

stripped    

down    

and

painted  

and  

was  

completed  

in  

time  

for  

the

naming  

ceremony.  

Construction  

of  

two  

sets

of  

double  

articulated  

coaches  

for  

use  

on  

the

new  

track  

was  

completed  

in  

2008  

and  

were

used for the first time during the Mayor’s visit.

A competition had been held at a local school to find a suitable name for the petrol hydraulic locomotive, with all the school pupils taking part. Eventually the name of “Green Dragon” was adopted, appropriate as the locomotive had been given a green livery. In April 2008 the Mayor of Rotherham, councillor Alan Jackson and the Mayoress were invited to carry out a naming ceremony, with all the pupils also attending the naming. Construction of a turntable commenced in 2012. The design is such that, by using a hydraulic system, the turntable would lift to various heights to serve the connection to the existing track, engine shed and steaming bays. The turntable is situated at the upper level of the site. The turntable was completed in 2014 thus eliminating manhandling of rolling stock. Work started on a new diesel hydraulic locomotive in 2012. A second hand diesel engine and hydraulic pumps were purchased but subsequently found to be of insufficient power. A refurbished diesel engine was purchased  which enabled progress to be made on the locomotive. It was decided that the locomotive would be a Co-Co loco based on a British Rail type 37. Steady progress has been made with only the body now outstanding.
Rotherham & District Model Engineers Society Webmaster:- Ken Staniforth
How to find us: We can be found down a track off the end of Park Grove, Rawmarsh, S62 7JS
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