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Victoria Park Projects Archive
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Funding.A grant for £3470 has been received from the South Yorkshire Community Foundation Grass Roots Fund to enable us to provide all the materials, to construct the concrete base for the track, manufacture the track itself and to finish off the landscaping of the site. Funding for the specially adapted carriage to allow wheelchairs to be carried has still to be applied for.Subsequently the wheelchair carriage was funded by the Society.Access Track to Proposed Turntable.Track has been laid as far as the proposed position of the turntable. The position of the turntable has been established and provisional drawings have been prepared. As the cost is coming out too high further assessment is required.A trial run on the new section of track with a loaded train hauled by the petrol hydraulic loco has been completed successfully.The second hand container has been delivered and installed.Painting of Number 3 container has been completed. The engine shed will be the next container to be painted,New Outer Ground Level Loop.We are indebted to Mark Avill for providing us with a JCB and driver free of charge to carry out all of the excavation work required, to enable construction of the ground level outer loop.Approximately 120 tons of clay was removed from the excavation to provide the cutting, in which the track base was constructed. This created one huge problem in how do we get rid of the clay, unfortunately the only answer was that we had to pay a quite considerable amount for it to be removed from site.Materials for shuttering and sleepers had been obtained and sleepers cut to length and treated. Rails, fishplates, sole plates and rail clips had been delivered to site ready for making up into panels. All these materials were purchased using the South Yorkshire Community Foundation Grass Roots Grant.Build up of all rail panels have now been completed and installed as have two points needed to connect the outer loop to the inner loop.Limited use of the outer loop has been achieved, however only light loads could be carried.After the failure of the petrol hydraulic loco, a new engine was purchased and installed. The result is that with this new engine, reasonable loads can now be carried on the outer loop, the loco coping adequately with the gradient. However in order to get the full potential from the outer loop we must be able to haul four fully loaded coaches up the gradient. Therefore it has been decided that a more powerful loco is needed.Petrol Hydraulic Locomotive.A first trial run using the new 6.5 HP engine has proved very encouraging with a reasonable load being lifted to the top level with ease.An alternator has been fitted to enable the battery to be continually charged when the loco is running. Thanks to Tony and Dave for the design and manufacture of the alternator mounting, clearly seen in the photographs.Photographs of the new engine fitted to Green Dragon and the alternator assembly can be found in the Miscellaneous Album. (1st and 2nd photographs)"Victoria Rose" Wren Locomotive.The new copper boiler for the Wren has been completed and has been successfully tested. Thanks must go to Peter Farrar and all who assisted Peter. The Wren has now been completed and a successful trial run carried out. Subsequently it was used successfully at the Jubilee event in Rotherham, although a few teething problems developed, mainly with the regulator.During the absence of the Societies Wren we have to thank Doctor Bev Paul for the loan of his Wren.
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