|Nutty lookalike - Works number 7243 built in 1928|
(Photo from Sentinel Drivers' Club collection)
In order to reduce the height as much as possible, the engine was mounted horizontally and the boiler very near to the ground. It also made driving a remarkably intimate experience!
|No room for foot-plate passengers!|
(Photo from SDC collection)
|Nutty in August 1971 at the Welshpool & Llanfair Light Railway|
(Photo SDC collection)
I became aware of Nutty through conversations with curators of the Narrow Gauge Railway Museum in Tywyn, Gwynedd, at the terminus of the Talyllyn Railway (where I can be found volunteering on occasions). Nutty is actually owned by the NGRM but it never seems to be found anywhere near the museum!
Although originally built to a gauge of 2'11", it was re-gauged to 2'6" some years ago and it ran on the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway for a while. Since that time, I do not know exactly where it has been but I'm led to believe it has spent time at Railworld in Peterborough. In 2012, it made its way to the Leyton Buzzard Railway where it is on display at the Stonehenge Works station.
I visited the LBR on Wednesday 16th July 2014 and was made very welcome indeed. I wanted to poke my digital camera into Nutty's various nooks and crannies to assess its general state. I now have around 170 photos, not all are included here!
|Nutty under cover at Stonehenge Works|
|Yes, it is chain-driven!|
|Cab internals showing the boiler|
|'Under the bonnet' view showing the engine beneath the water tank|
|Engine, water tank and boiler feed pump|
|Bijou accommodation for the driver!|
Now who volunteers to restore Nutty, reduce the gauge by another 3" and run it on the Talyllyn railway?
See my Reference Material page for information sources.