The Ellingham light railway was conceived after my initial
(mad?) plan to build a five inch live steam loco from scratch.
This started in October 2004 when drawings for Maidstone
engineering’s Ruby narrow gauge engine were purchased. I
also made contact at this time with Mike Keyte who runs the West
Wickham railway as he had built a Ruby supplied in kit form by
Maxitrak. Mike very kindly sent me a copy of his kit instructions
which were a great help in setting valve timing and general
|One day’s work saw the line loop
finished, so I started construction of the Trojan. I
won’t document this as many others have, but I will
say that the build of the chassis, running gear and
wiring were very simple and just as the online
instructions said so here’s to a great product. I
still have the body to spray and fit, but today reached a
milestone on this little line as the first powered train
ran over the Ellingham Light Railway metals.
I have loads more work to do including stage two of
the line, building some passenger stock, completing the
steam engine and then some aesthetic improvements to the
top part of the garden.
|To sum up, I have enjoyed every minute of
building the line so far, and I’m sure I’ve
made some mistakes but what a great sense of achievement!
We are all looking forward to the Spring now with some
longer and warmer days when we can all enjoy the railway.
Ruby awaiting her boiler.
Industrial Trojan with fly cranks with
Ruby int he background.
|Please feel free to contact
me if you wish on email@example.com
and I will post some more details in the Summer when more
work has been completed.