THE SLING AND LAVAN TRAMWAY
A 32mm Gauge Railway built by
Mike and Caroline Barton
All photographs courtesy of Mike Barton.
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The Sling and Lavan Tramway is a 32mm gauge line with continuous running and shunting facilities. It is partly at ground level but with a steam up bay raised above ground level by approximately 1000mm, and other sections raised by between approximately 300mm - 1200mm above ground level. It has a minimum track radius on the main line of approximately 4 ft. and the loading gauge clearances are 150 mm width and 180 mm height. There is no track power on this line. The ruling gradient on this line is approximately 1:50.
"Sir Christopher Wren" is Back in Service
During the past year or two “Sir Christopher Wren” suffered a variety of problems whereby the radio control for the speed and direction would not operate correctly, resulting in a need to take the engine out of service. This turned out to be a faulty speed control board and Mike has now replaced that along with the sound card. Whilst doing this Mike also carried out a few small alterations and gave the engine a new coat of paint. The result is seen, above, and "Sir Christopher" will be back in regular service over the coming running season.
After completing the locomotive Mike then tackled the refurbishment of another item of rolling stock he had also bought from the collection of the late John Bray. The L&B Howards 8 ton van had suffered damage to the paintwork and several of the plastic bracing angles. It also had a distinct wobble whilst in use! Mike has replaced the plastic items with brass angles and brackets plus replaced the bogies with new Brandbright cast brass L&B bogies, which provide some extra weight low down. Following a repaint the van is now also back in service, as seen above.
Mike's description of how he built the "Sling Uchaf" station building is described in the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Model of the Month for March 2018 which may be found at https://www.16mm.org.uk/2018/03/01/march-2018-new-station-building-apologise-inconvenience/
Mike's description of how he built his 45mm gauge steam crane is described in the Association of 16mm Narrow Gauge Modellers Model of the Month for August 2016 which may be found at https://www.16mm.org.uk/2016/08/01/august-2016-a-steam-crane-wagon/