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Cradley Heath Model Railway Exhibition We took our portable track to the Ormiston Forge Academy in Cradley Heath on Saturday 9th October.
Update 20th September 2021
Following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions we were able to run the trains for the public on Sunday afternoons throughout the school Summer holidays. We have also operated the trains for a number of Birthday parties and for the Wildings School (our neighbour in the park).
Club Friday meetings are on the first Friday of the month.
Ground work for the extension is planned to restart on 22nd,23rd and 24th of September. A club working day is being arranged for Sunday 3rd October.
Update 11th May 2021 The red coaches have been brought up to the workshop along the newly laid track ready for maintenance and safety inspection.
Update 4th May 2021 A digger helped with loading ballast at the weekend. The track to the workshop has now been ballasted, photo below shows a test "train". The gate in the workshop has been welded up and is looking good.
Update 27th April 2021
Workshop activity (socially distanced) has included refurbishing the station bench and work on a new gate.
20 tons of ballast arrived today along with a pair of tipper wagons made by Roger D. Moving ballast by rail is much easier than using wheelbarrows.
Update 20th April 2021
The track now almost reaches the road by the workshop. A dwarf wall has been built to anchor the rail ends at a level to match our wheeled stock trolley.
Whilst the the track and landscape gangs were at work today (20th April) a steam test was undertaken for this handsome Shay locomotive followed by a test run around the track.
At last work restarts at Baggeridge - March/April 2021
With lockdown easing we have been able to restart work on the track extension to the workshop. When complete this will ease the movement of rolling stock to and from the workshop for maintenance and repair. Good use has been made of the ballast wagon bodies made by Roger D during the recent lockdowns. As well as carrying ballast they can carry sleepers and long lengths of rail.
With a base layer of gravel in place work has been taking place by our platelayers on laying out the sleepers and fixing the rail. Meanwhile a landscaping party has been reinforcing the bank with slabs and trimming the vegetation.
The WDMES club stand at the Midlands Model Engineering Exhibition in 2019 showed the wide range of members interests.
9th January 2018. At last we were able to move into our new workshop. Thanks go to David Wilson Homes, South Staffordshire District Council and to Baggeridge Country Park staff.
First public passenger train exits the new tunnel.
28th May 2017. The first public passenger trains ran through the tunnel and around the extended track.
Taliesin pulls a train load of happy passengers.
Sir Christopher hauls a passenger train into the tunnel.