On the 2nd June myself and some other members of the Kent Group of the 009 Society made the trip to the Statfold Barn for one of their open days. To go you have to apply for tickets which makes for restricted numbers on the day via the Statfold Barn website which helps control numbers at each event.
I’ve always wanted to go at Statfold is now the home of the Hunslet engine co, and has amassed a large collection of interesting items of narrow gauge stock. For our visit 12 locos were in steam!
‘Bronllwyd’ is a relatively recent addition to the Statfold Barn fleet, and has been returned to the condition it was in when under the ownership of Surrey County Council.
Trangkil no 4 was the last steam loco to be built by Hunslet, and the owner of Statfold Barn had it repatriated from it’s sugar plantation home on Java.
Isibutu is a very attractive 4-4-0T made by Bagnall. It was previously at the North Gloucestershire Railway before coming to Statfold. I can see a model of this loco appearing at some point!
Pakis Baru no 5 is a Mallet 0-4-0+0-4-0 built by Orenstein and Koppel. It is seen here in the return loop at the end of the line waiting with the Land Rover to head back up towards the loco sheds.
One loco connected to Scottish narrow gauge is Fowler 0-4-2T which had previously operated at the Alford Valley Railway in Aberdeenshire. After leaving Alford Valley it was to be put to use on the ‘Green Dragon Railway’ that was proposed to run along the banks of Kielder Water. Both Saccharine and an attractive wood panelled coach from the GDR were acquired by Statfold Barn and arrived there soon after the scheme was aborted.
Saccharnie arrives at the loop.
Saccharine waits in the return loop with a goods train – definitely a photogenic spot.
Saccharine storms the bank back up towards the mid point station at the grain store.
These two quarry Hunslets are new builds ‘Jack Lane’ and ‘Statfold’. Both were built at Statfold Barn and have toured many of the preserved lines around the UK. You can have your own quarry Hunslet for £400,000 if my memory serves correctly. The first coach behind the locos is the ex-Green Dragon Railway one, again, a model may follow.
Harrogate is an 0-6-0ST Peckett which used to operate on the Harrogate Gas Works Railway. I have recently been building a 009 kit for this loco available from RT Models. I’ve waited years to see the real loco in the flesh, it was nice to finally see it.
Pakis Baru no 1 is a 2’6″ gauge Orenstein and Koppel, and is able to run at Statfold due to the mixed gauge operation allowing both 2′ and 2’6″ locos to run.
Halfway along the line is the grain store which now contains a roundhouse with some stock that’s either awaiting attention or simply not in use on the day.
One of the unrestored exhibits is an O&K tender loco.
Peckett 0-6-0ST Triassic is also now part of the collection. Another loco I’ve long admired but never seen.
The LaMeuse sat in the background behind the MacEwan Pratt used to live at the Bredgar & Wormshill Railway, my nearest narrow gauge line, though being 2’6″ gauge never saw any use there.
Lautoka no 19 is a Hudswell Clark 0-4-0ST, another ex-sugar cane loco which has now arrived at Statfold Barn for restoration.
Inside the shed at the top of the line was Jatibarang no 9, the mallet which has visited the Welsh Highland Railway recently. It was sadly not in use on the day.
Edward Sholto is a nicely turned out ex-Penrhyn Quarry loco in what has to be one of my favourite narrow gauge liveries.
Sragi no 1 is a Krauss 0-4-2T which arrived at Statfold from a sugar plantation. It’s in a rather attractive pseudo LB&SCR livery.
The top station is quite busy, trains arrive and then have another loco coupled to the rear to head off again. This happens on two platforms, so there’s always something to watch. It would make an ideal layout if you included the shed at the rear!
The Corpet has recently entered service. It’s an odd looking machine with that valve gear, but well finished and definitely an interesting addition to the collection nonetheless.
The final bit of action was a cavalcade of all the locos running the length of the line.
Then everything was put to bed.
Statfold is a great place with lots of interesting stock. I’ll definitely go back again, hopefully they’ll have made some progress in restoring the other locos on site then. I get the impression there’s always going to be something new to see with each visit!
Here’s a short video I took of some of the stock in operation on the day:
Hopefully there will be some modelling to report soon as I’ve recently bought some more components to work on the paddle steamer, and also I may have had a brain wave to solve the issue of cheap DCC, simple, DCC turntable control. More soon.