Lake Railway - Chris MacKenzie
Created in 1998, the Timpdon Lake Railway is
still undergoing extension - it's just that the rain has
The track is a mixture of
Mamod and Peco. The minimum radius is therefore 2'
6". Although this may sound a bit on the tight side,
the small industrial locomotives don't look out of place.
This tight radius has also influenced the stock: a rake
of three small IP Engineering coaches, at least 27 Binnie
skips with metal wheels, and a few other "odds and
Underground wiring to the
church and station provide lighting and sounds from a
tape recorder in the garage.
It is intended to one day
provide a branchline off which climbs into the garage.
Here it can link into the indoor layout (see Hall 6 on
this web site).
A radio-controlled live steam (gas fired) 'Genesis' class
locomotive, manufactured by Pearse Engineering of Church
Stretton, Shropshire. Professionally lined by
Lightline of Huddersfield. The loco benefits from a
This locomotive is loosely based on a Hunslet, although
it is said to resemble the WHR's (Porthmadoc) 'Russell' -
This engine is believed to be the very last Genesis class
locomotive manufactured. A tidy-up revealed enough
components to make just one more for an old order.
When this customer had to cancel, the engine was quickly
acquired by the Timpdon Lake Railway.
A radio-controlled live steam gas fired locomotive with
an unknown history. Although the body is possibly a
'Merlin' (the loco is displaying Merlin manufacture's
plates) opinions vary on which parts (or even any) were
made by them.
It is widely considered, however, that the current
oscillating cylinders have been added at a later date.
The loco was acquired in 1998 from the Owl Light Rly,
'Prince of Wales'
A much modified Mamod locomotive. Originally
produced as a pot boiler to run on solid fuel tablets,
David Wilding of the 16mm Lancashire Area Group
extensively modified it to be gas fired in a fire
tube. This has meant that the loco will now run in
Other modifications include many IP Engineering
"goodies", including a regulator (to tame the
beast), lubricator, & safety valve.
Acquired only in April 2000, this Peter Angus 'de Winton'
is a manual gas (ceramic) fired geared loco.
The Timpdon Railway staff have been extremely pleased
with the performance of this loco. Nothing gives
the railway's chief engineer greater pleasure than to
watch this loco running unaided for two hour long
periods, at a realistic speed and regardless of the
'Harlech Castle' -
On loan from the famous Welsh "Festiniog
Railway", this loco has proved to be an extremely
useful asset at Timpdon. There are similar Baguley-Drewry
0-6-0 machines on the Brecon Mountain Railway and the
Vale of Rheidol Light Railway. Timpdon's engine was made
by Essel Engineering and is radio controlled.
'Austin' - Simplex
A reproduction of a Simplex 20/28 bhp, in Leighton
Buzzard livery. The loco is made mainly from brass.
Radio-control operates the digital speed controller for
the 6v motor and also operates the twin air horns (well,
buzzers!) and spotlight. This loco was made in the
Timpdon workshops and won the 'Butterley Trophy'
Model of the Year competition at the 16mm Association
'Effie' - Heywood
We can now put an end to that old mystery of whatever
happened to Sir Arthur Heywood's 15 inch gauge locomotive
"Effie". The loco was acquired by the
Timpdon Lake Railway and re-gauged to run on 2 foot!
Using an IP Engineering chassis, the bodywork was made in
the Timpdon Sheds out of plastic (it can be seen that the
boiler is the same dimension of a household white plastic
'Larry' - Lister
A whitemetal & brass kit produced by IP Eng. No
modifications were needed, although fitting a switch to
enable it to run at half volts has proved useful for very
'Pete' - Planet Truck
Identical to Stan's Contractor's Skip, but with a wooden
tool box and seat instead of a skip. This loco is a
recent addition to the Timpdon Shed. We hope it
proves as popular as 'Stan'.
'Geoff' - Green Diesel
The freelance diesel locomotive was acquired second
hand. It is believed that that the loco was
'kit-bashed' from a Fendyke kit by Tony Reynolds on an
Essel Engineering chassis.
'Stan' - Contractor's
Manufactured by 'Jons', this loco proved invaluable
whilst the Timpdon Lake Railway was being constructed (as
it is a slow runner, it was perfect for end to end
running). Careful observation will reveal that the
driver, Stan, always looks in the direction he is going.
Slate Gravity Train
A small working gravity train of Festiniog type slate
wagons. The wagons have been adopted from kits, in the
Timpdon workshops. Speculation is rife amongst the
Timpdon train-spotters that this train was seen running
up hill! Rumours abound that the train is not
powered by gravity - but an internal motor!
A reproduction Simplex Motor Caravan assembled from IP
Eng's new whitemetal kit. This is a copy of Leighton
Buzzard's caravan. This was a first attempt at whitemetal
soldering in the Timpdon Sheds - a very successful
method. We would certainly recommend IP
Engineering's soldering materials and instructions.
BMW Isetta BubbleCar
People often mistake this model as a stationary humerous
gimmick. This is far from the truth. In fact, it is
an exact copy of the Rail Taxi that ran on the Leighton
Buzzard line in the early 1960s.