Just a few updates as of this day:
-The Italian tender engine has been put into operational order; it is able to run once again. However because of its temperamental nature it is only working very limited workings.
-The Stephenson's Rocket has been obtained as of 12/05/13; it has run but is undergoing overhaul. It is doubtful if the locomotive will operate in the future.
Just a few updates here from the last time:
-Almost all locomotives have been added to the fleet here and catalogued; the two Italian steam engines are all that are left and will be finished by the end of the weekend.
-Class J70 No.7 'Toby' has been reinstated to the fleet as a limited-operations engine, after the mechanism was torn to pieces and cleaned thoroughly.
-Norris-Type locomotive has been reinstated to the fleet as a limited-operations engine, after an examination revealed its pi
The Class 646 locomotive, as photographed in July 2012 not long after arrival. This locomotive was obtained on a whim like the GE 20T Switcher, and was bought with the intent of operating a 'world' fleet of locomotives from most countries, selecting the most historically relevant engines possible - this including the Class 646 from Italy. Manufactured by Lima in Italy, appropriately, the locomotive is more basic than the other engines but makes up for it with a charm of its own in terms of its a
The Pullman-liveried Class 06 diesel shunter, as photographed in January 2013. A new arrival to the railway, yet produced some five years previously - this being an official Hornby Club locomotive for 2008 - this engine was an attractive purchase as a limited-release, small-sized shunting engine for the railway. Though the Pullman livery is far from realistic it does look moderately attractive in some ways, with some of the minimal detail on this engine helping to bring its looks up even further
The Class 101 tank engine, as photographed in December 2012. Obtained in September 2012 along with the Class 423 4-VEP, this locomotive was actually produced two years previously as part of the 175th Anniversary of the Great Western Railway. Cheap and cheerful, and sporting a handsome livery to commemorate the feat, the locomotive is No.1347 of 1835 produced.
The side profile of the locomotive. With a simplified valve gear and a standard chassis, the locomotive's performance is of course l
The SFCC Battery Trolley, as photographed in May 2012. This unit was obtained as a gift, along with the Brill Trolley car, and like it was stripped of electrical componentry prior to arrival. The difference between them lies in their respective heritages and uses; this unit is vastly different in terms of looks than the other. However, this is not a bad thing as this unit still looks fresh and decent.
The side view of the trolley car, showing its intricate design and delicate yet strong lo
The Brill Trolley car, as photographed in September 2012. This unit had been delivered to the railway as a pair with Trolley Car No.4, and was gifted to the line for promotional purposes. As the unit's electrical componentry was removed prior to donation the trolley serves as a static exhibit, albeit one that turns many heads and is a decent-looking engine in its own right.
The side profile of the street car, showing the wood doors and classic shape of the unit. With dual electrical arms a
The District Inspector's Trolley, as seen in May 2012. This trolley car was purchased as a means of transporting the Mechanical Engineer and other important railway personnel to various sites easier without commandeering a spare locomotive. Bought from DB, this unit is very small but has charm and character quite disproportionate to its size.
The side profile of this unit - obviously, it is an unpowered piece that still manages to convey a sense of motion to it. Made mainly of metal, the p
The miniature 'American-Type' No.107, as photographed in January 2013. Purchased at a discount from its normal value and pricing, this locomotive was originally old stock before being sold new to the Sumtown's miniature division as a functional replacement for No.119 of the same class. Identical except for powertrain and livery, the locomotives sit well against each other but are vastly different in terms of performance.
The side profile of the small locomotive, showing its diminuitive siz
EWS Class 08 No.08 865 as photographed in January 2013, shortly after arrival and trials. The engine was obtained as a need for a strong shunting engine was required; the line primarily and predominantly focuses on small locomotives to be able to operate services and pull trains along the sharply-curved line. After examinations of the Class 08, and after obtaining a relatively cheaper unit, the decision was taken to purchase a stronger, more powerful and detailed unit for primary use. This engin
The Shinkansen Series 0 Trainset, as seen in December 2012. A late arrival to the railway, this unit came as a trade from NPR, and has provided decent service ever since. An iconic trainset in its own right, as well as one of the seminal locomotive designs of the 20th Century, this unit is powerful and fast. Though it uses an older mechanism and has its own flaws, it still retains enough value and enjoyment to thrill whenever it is allowed out.
The side profile of the power car. Though its
The GE 20T locomotive, as photographed in July 2012. A used locomotive bought purely on chance and interest, this locomotive is a very unusual type of engine - the railway's officials are even to this day unsure as to its exact prototype or even maker. Consequently this engine is not as familiar as others on the line; it is known that this locomotive is all metal, and seemingly built and painted by its previous owners from a kit of parts. Its looks are thus somewhat lesser than other engines on
The Class 423 4-VEP unit, as photographed in service in January 2013. Purchased in September 2012, and operating on services ever since, this EMU was intended to fill the role of a purpose-built passenger unit for the railway. As the railway had harbored ambitions of operating a full, exclusive passenger service a multiple unit was considered - a Class 121, a Class 101, and even a Class 108 were considered before this unit was purchased for a knockdown price (about 63% of the RRP for these units
Just a brief update on No.5972 and its condition - things are looking up for this venerable and prized locomotive in the fleet. Upon a thorough examination of this locomotive, it was discovered that the flaw in running quality and operations was down to poor decisions in maintenance, rather than any fault of the powertrain itself. The issue stemmed from the lubrication of the axles of the engine itself - on any other engine, perfectly acceptable and encouraged for maintenance. On No.5972, which
Just a few updates in regards to the locomotive fleet as of May 10, 2012:
-No.16367 has been added to the operational fleet, along with the Mastodon-Type No.3.
-No.5705 and No.383 have been withdrawn for scrapping - No.5705 quite literally fell to pieces during an attempted overhaul, and No.383 was scrapped given its condition, value, and cost of maintenance.
-The American-Type miniature locomotive has been downgraded to limited workings as it is in need of a mechanical overhaul soon - the
The SBB Class Ee 3/3 locomotive, as photographed in May 2012 shortly after arriving on the railway. A Swiss electric locomotive, this engine was obtained primarily as an experiment in many ways - this is the first locomotive from renowned builder Trix to be added to the fleet, as well as the first European-style locomotive to arrive onto the Standard-Gauge network (the British-outline locomotives do not count as the railway is technically based in Northwest England). In addition to this, this lo
The Class A4 No.60010 Dominion of Canada, as photographed in March 2012. Obtained in September of 2010 as a limited edition locomotive, this engine was obtained as an express locomotive for operating passenger services. Moreover, the locomotive has special significance to myself as being my favourite steam locomotive - happily preserved today in its namesake country, with hope for a full cosmetic overhaul soon. Once the locomotive was listed for production, I knew that it would be entering my fl
CN No.9344, as photographed in March 2012. A strong and powerful streamlined diesel locomotive, this engine was obtained prior to 2007 as an express diesel locomotive. These days, the locomotive is not used as much, primarily as the rolling stock that it usually pulls are branded as its rival company's stock - Canadian Pacific. Nevertheless, this locomotive is still high in quality and looks, with details abounding and a crisp livery application finishing this locomotive off.
The side of t
Class 61xx No.6167, as photographed in a partially-rebuilt state in March 2012. Withdrawn a while beforehand, this locomotive used to be one of the primary steam locomotives of the railway, pulling heavy stone trains across the country. These days it is in a partially disassembled state, awaiting work done on it so it can become operational once again; the locomotive was hastily reassembled for the purposes of these photographs.
The side profile of the locomotive. As far as its performance
The Class 08 diesel shunting locomotive, as photographed March 2012. Purchased when the line was in need of a cheap diesel shunting engine, this locomotive proved itself as a capable, if somehwat lesser-quality locomotive. With the overall looks of the typical Class 08 diesel typified here, this engine has modifications from the standard Class 08 diesel, including inside frames and a revised mechanism that gives it a much higher top speed.
The side profile of the locomotive, where the typi
NWR No.5 'James,' as seen in March 2012. One of the first locomotives to work the line, for years this engine was the pride of the line, pulling the top expresses alongside No.5972 on the original line. Even today the engine is still highly regarded as a powerful and capable machine that is able to do everything with little difficulty - pulling stone trains or passenger services, the locomotive is adept at doing everything. These days, however, it's usually other engines that handle thie powerfu
NWR No.6 'Percy,' as photographed in March 2012. Small yet sprightly, this locomotive was obtained as early as 2003, and was the second locomotive to ever work the original railway. The original locomotive suffered manufacturing defects, and was quickly returned and replaced with this identical locomotive - which has run continuously for almost 10 years with no major faults whatsoever. The motor and mechanism work very well still, and it truly continues to impress and amaze with its ability. In
The Climax Class A locomotive, as photographed in March 2012. A strong and unique locomotive design, this engine came well-used and has clearly had a long history of hard work on other railways before being purchased for the Sumtown line. In terms of appearance this is definitely one of the most unique engines on the line, with nothing looking like it at all. However this locomotive looks, however, is nothing compared to its sheer performance.
The side profile of the locomotive, showing it
No.7 'Toby,' as photographed in March 2012. Originally purchased as a means of justifying the railway's namesake, the locomotive performed relatively well at first. With small trains of stone or the odd passenger service, the locomotive ran well and looked the part. This is a line where locomotives like this really do look right at home. Unfortunately, a weak motor mechanism installed in this locomotive has rendered it unusable at the moment, resulting in its current status as a static exhibit.
CP Rail No.7401, as photographed in March 2012. A strong and powerful Canadian diesel locomotive, this engine was purchased prior to 2007, and has been an invaluable member of the fleet for years. Slow and strong, with a tough and durable build to match, this diesel is a popular choice for slow freight, and is a member of the core fleet of locomotives. Modifications to this locomotive include the removal of its non-standard knuckle couplers (replaced with loops for use here), as well as the fitt