Loco for sale

This is for sale on eBay at present.


Or contact Southern Miniature Railways Ltd, Charles O’Mahoney, 79 Snowdrop Crescent, Launceston, Cornwall, PL15 9JA. Phone:01566248070; email:charles@minirail.co.uk.

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Sold! Lister loco for sale – gauge adjustable

Lister powered industrial quarry-style locomotive with 1.5 horsepower Lister D petrol engine powering an Eaton hydraulic gearbox. Finished in red, unused and as direct from builder, Robert Sheppard in 2014 using a Lister D agricultural engine.

Lister engined loco of a type used in quarries and industrial locations. True to the spirit of minimum and minimal gauge logos this is not a model of a specific loco but is a locomotive in its own right. Usefully, like many Lister locomotives it’ is regaugable from 7 1/4″ up to 15″ and so is practicable for visiting miniature railways throughout the UK and indeed the world!

The wheels slide along a keyway and lock in place with grub screws and an Allen key. It takes about 5 minutes to set up at a new track.

Seat and controls fit in toolbox at front for transportation.

No couplings as people use different systems.

Measures 6 foot long by 25 inches wide.

£1,950, collection from North London

Reason for sale is that we have a forced house move, which is a bit of a shame really. Email rick.osman@highwiredesign.com or ring Rick on 07980 544990.

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Now sold! Built by David King in 1980, ‘Weasel’ is 10 ¼ inch gauge four wheeled internal combustion locomotive thatspent the majority of its life at the Wells Harbour Railway.

After replacement by newer locomotives in later years, ‘Weasel’ was stripped down for a rebuild which never materialised. The locomotive is currently dismantled.

Included in the price are the rolling chassis, a secondhand 3 cylinder Kubota diesel engine (not tested), Eaton 11 hydrostat (like new) and all bodywork. Dimensions are length 2000mm, width 770mm, chassis 630mm Height.

Viewing of the locomotive welcome. Please phone 01472 604657 or email info@mrwrailways.co.uk for further details.


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Stapleford for the Bank Holiday

The weekend before our AGM on Sunday September 4 at Stapleford MR, the railway itself has an open weekend with showman’s engines, fairground organs and so forth, admission is £3 per adult per day and the event takes place on August 27, 28 and 29, more details from Jeremy Grice on 01664 851614.

Stapleford Open Weekend  2016

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Membership secretary

The society is pleased to announce that Phil Devonport had agreed to take over as membership secretary. Phil who is also the society’s archivist for steam locomotives said that he is looking forward to the task and hopes that new members will soon be swamping him with subscriptions.

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Narrow Gauge News

Long run of Narrow Gauge News from No 207 March 1995 to No 334 ay 2016; 127 issues all in very good condition (as can be seen from the photo of a few copies). It includes some of the special issues. Total cost £65. These can be collected from either Windsor or Southampton. We are prepared to package and post at extra cost. Please ring Peter on 02380456246 or 07799294196.


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Ropley Miniature Railway

The 10 1/4 inch gauge Ropley Miniature Railway runs alongside the Mid Hants Railway ‘The Watercress Line’.

A previous line closed in August 2012 as the area needed to be redeveloped due to the arrival of the ‘Harry Potter’ footbridge from Kings Cross station. The line moved to the current site in December 2014 and first opened to the public in March 2015. The new line is about 170m long and there are plans to extend the line.

There is one station, Ropley High Level, which has a single track with two side platforms, one for arrivals and one for departures. There are plans to provide two more stations when the line is extended. At the far end of the line there is two road shed.


Trains were being hauled by a Santa Fe petrol hydraulic ‘Nevada’, which was built by Bimpson Miniature Railway in 1996. There is also a diesel electric on site called ‘Patricia’ and a 2-4-4 Tinkerbell under construction (which was located in one of the mainline sheds at Ropley).

The railway does not charge at the moment but does welcome donations.

Jonathan James

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