The diesel hydraulic locomotive ‘Gwril’ arrived from Wales on 1 July 2016; this loco single handedly managed the busy summer traffic in our first season. It was built by the Hunslet Engine Co. Leeds in 1994 to 2 ft gauge, and was used on, among other projects , the building of the Jubilee Line extension in London.
'Gwril' is now the property of the Fairbourne Railway in Wales, who re-gauged it to 12¼ inches. Without the co-operation of the Fairbourne Railway in loaning us this loco, we may not have been able to commence services during the summer season of 2016, the loco returned home to Fairbourne in January 2017.
The loco is fitted with a Kubota diesel engine and weighs in at 2.7 tonnes. Full details can be found on the Fairbourne Railway's Locomotive web page.
The Littlehampton Miniature Railway's first locomotive under new management, a diesel electric named 'Albert', was purchased jointly by three association members, and was delivered to the Mewsbrook Park Shed on 23 August 2016. Originally built to 15 inch gauge, 'Albert' was re-gauged to 12¼ inches in October 2016.
The locomotive build was started some years ago by Craig Gluyas, and it was completed in 2016 by Dave Madden and Austin Moss at the Windmill Farm Railway.
The loco is powered by a 1.8 litre Ford diesel engine.
The latest addition to the locomotive fleet is this petrol electric tram engine named Daisy.
The loco was built by RVM Engineering , Hastings. The tram loco was originally named Tilby, and ran on the Hastings Miniature Railway until being purchased by the LMR in the spring of 2017. Daisy was re-gauged from 10¼ inches to 12¼ inches before being delivered to the LMR. The loco was rebuilt with a taller, totally new body by our engineers during the summer months, and a few other technical modifications were also made.
Daisy entered service on 15 October 2017 following her naming ceremony.
Four 'Safari Express' coaches were built by Severn Lamb in 1979 for the West Midland Safari and Leisure Park at Bewdley. The Safari Park railway closed in 2013 and the rolling stock found its way to the Windmill Farm Railway in Lancashire.
The Littlehampton Heritage Railway Association purchased all four coaches from Windmill Farm, and they were delivered to Mewsbrook Park at the end of June 2016. Three of the coaches were re-gauged from 15 to 12¼ inches in time for the start of the Summer season, the fourth being converted that September.
One coach has been modified to provide a Guard's compartment at one end, this compartment is fitted with a manual control valve and pressure gauges, for the continuous air braking system.
The sides of the coaches are gradually being modified with cut out sections to allow easier access to the compartments.
The fourth coach is currently in the workshop being converted to a wheelchair accessible vehicle with a guard's compartment.
The maximum seating capacity of the three unmodified coaches is 16 adults per coach.
The 'Safari Express' motif has proved to be very popular with children and adults alike, and the railway has received many donations of stuffed toy animals that now adorn the coach roofs.
The permanent way department of the Littlehampton Miniature Railway possesses two wagons: a ballast wagon, and a flat wagon, these are extremely useful for transporting tools and track materials around the railway.
The wagons were built in 2016 by Tom Sanders.
The steel frames are based on a design for a 0-4-0 locomotive; the wagons run on second hand wheelsets which came from the Fairbourne Railway. The materials for the bodywork came from a local DIY store!