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Locomotives

The following are the locomotives currently based at the railway:

Marri

A 2-6-0 Baldwin style steam locomotive, built by Willis Light Engineering of Perth, Australia in 1993.  She was imported especially for use at Watford and ran for 10 years, before being withdrawn for an overhaul.  After completion of this long running overhaul, she entered service again in April 2018.

Current Status: In Service (Steam Dates listed here)

Conway Castle

A bogie diesel hydraulic locomotive, built as one of three identical locomotives in 1972 by Fenlow Engineering.  She and a sister locomotive originally ran on a railway at Prestatyn beach, before moving to the Suffolk Wildlife Park (via Staffordshire) in the early 1980s.  When the wildlife park closed their railway in the early 1990s, she moved to Watford and has been in regular use ever since.

Current Status: In use

Nikki Louise

An 0-6-0 diesel hydraulic locomotive, Nikki Louise was built brand new by R. Prime for the Suffolk Wildlife Park in 1988.  When this railway closed she moved to Watford with Conway Castle, where she was subject to an extensive rebuild before coming into use in the late 1990s.

Current Status: In use

 

Bree

A 2-4-2 diesel hydraulic locomotive, originally built as a petrol locomotive by Bruce Whalley for a private railway in Somerset.  Following use on a number of private railways in the West Country, Bree was taken to our workshops for a thorough rebuild to suit use at Watford.

Current Status: Undergoing rebuild off site

Chiltern Shuttle

An 0-6-0 American ‘Switcher’ style locomotive.  Built in 1946 by R.H. Morse as 9½” gauge, she arrived at Watford in the early 1980s when she was rebuilt to our 10¼” gauge.  Her small size belies the fact she packs quite a punch and can pull a full set of 10 coaches!  Last used in 2007, she is currently undergoing a thorough restoration to put her back into working order.

Current Status: Undergoing restoration off site

 


Coaches

Our sit-in coaches are all built to the design developed by Ian Allan Miniature Railway Supplies in the late 1960s for their network of seaside miniature railways.  The majority were built for the Prestatyn Miniature Railway, and came to Watford via railways at the Kessingland Wildlife Park in Suffolk and Trago Mills in Devon.  There are also coaches to a slightly modified version of the design from Whitby (slightly wider and featuring curved ends) and Sandham Castle in the Isle of Wight (slightly shorter).

There are currently 18 coaches, permanently formed into two sets of five and two sets of four.

 

Coach I.D. Origin Coach Set Colour
P4 Prestatyn (via Kessingland where unused) Red 5 Burnt Cherry
P5 Prestatyn (via Kessingland where unused) Red 5 Burnt Cherry
P6 Prestatyn (via Kessingland where unused) Red 4 Burnt Cherry
P7 Prestatyn (via Kessingland where unused) Red 5 Burnt Cherry
P8 Prestatyn (via Kessingland where unused) Red 4 Burnt Cherry
W9 Whitby Blue 5 Oxford Blue
W10 Whitby Blue 5 Oxford Blue
W11 Whitby Blue 5 Oxford Blue
W12 Whitby Blue 5 Oxford Blue
W13 Whitby Blue 5 Oxford Blue
S14 Sandham Castle Red 4 Brick
S15 Sandham Castle Green 4 Green
S16 Sandham Castle Green 4 Green
K19 Kessingland Green 4 Green
K20 Kessingland Green 4 Green
T21 Trago Mills Red 4 Burnt Cherry
T22 Trago Mills Red 5 Burnt Cherry
T24 Trago Mills Red 5 Burnt Cherry

 

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