July 18, 2018

Running Locomotives At Almondell

Almondell Track is officially open

Club running days has now recommenced on Sundays.

If you don’t have a key to the site, then opening time is usually 11:00.  Keyholders like to be off site by 16:00 so please respect this.

Non-members of ESME wishing to run on the track can do so on the 4th Sunday of the month or by prior arrangement.  Email the club before visiting is advisable.

Video from the footplate of ‘Lion’ and a video of some club locomotives in action

As the track and associated facilities are still under construction we would like you to be aware of the following:

Running – 7¼” gauge locomotives are restricted to the 7¼” gauge only Circuit ‘C’.  Running direction is anti-clockwise unless otherwise agreed.

5” gauge locomotives only are run on the dual gauge 7¼” / 5” gauge Circuit ‘B’

5” & 3½” gauge locomotives can run on the dual gauge 5” / 3½” gauge Circuit ‘A’

The circuits ‘A’ & ‘B’ are not complete circles, but they do run parallel.  As a temporary measure at each end the two circuits have been connected.  This means that for 5” gauge it is possible to run out on Circuit ‘B’ and back on Circuit ‘A’ for more interest.

However, this is not permissible if a 3½” gauge locomotive is being run.

Unloading & loading of locomotives – the steaming bays and turntable have not been constructed.  A very temporary ramp has been provided which sits atop loose cinder blocks, it is not bolted down.  Height wise it is set at trailer height.  The ramp can be raised and lowered by physically lifting and packing, but note it is heavy and awkward.  Care must be taken.

Once you have completed your operation please move your vehicle or trailer away from the ramp and park it neatly either further down the track towards the containers or into the car parking area by the site entrance.

Operating – the railway is not signalled.  Drivers are operating under visual conditions and must not exceed 5 mph.  On the Circuit ‘C’ when approaching the bridge in an east bound direction speed through the bridge must be at walking pace and BE PREPARED TO STOP.

A suitable Tail Lamp or End of Train Indicator MUST be carried on the last vehicle.

All steam locomotives must have a valid boiler certificate and this MUST be brought along for inspection.

All locomotive owners MUST sign into the register and complete the appropriate details.

On the circuit’s ‘A’ & ‘B’ when more than one engine is in operation drivers must inform each other and agree about locomotive movements before proceeding.

Siding space for servicing locomotives is very limited on all circuits.  Please be considerate to other users when stopping for any length of time.

Bring your own coal as bunkering facilities have not yet been constructed.

Servicing facilities – water is available via two hose pipes which are kept at the west end of the bothy.  The yellow hose connects to the mains tap and when uncoiled will reach ¾’s of the way to the concrete crossings.  The green hose on the reel is connected to the yellow hose and when uncoiled will reach onto the tracks.  It is suggested you bring along a watering can or other suitable container.

All disposal of ash and hot coals from steam locomotives must be carried out on the concrete crossings.  A brush is provided to sweep this up and to keep the running rails clear on the crossings.

Internal combustion and battery electrics can be prepared on the sleepered track.

Leaving the site – please tidy up your ash or other waste.  Return all club items back to where you got them.  Ensure the water supply is turned off and the yellow hose pipe is disconnected from the tap.  Please coil both hose pipes up neatly.

Passenger trains – public running only takes place on four nominated days a year.  Outwith these days giving rides to members of the public are entirely at the discretion of the driver.