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March 2019



In recent weeks all the new rolling stock for Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway has been put through a series of track tests. According to the management's spokesperson 'Although generally going better than expected, these tests revealed a need for more standardised couplings between vehicles. New link-and-pin designs have been commissioned and we are now waiting for all the necessary parts to be delivered before installing.'

Until these new couplings have been installed neither the Houmont Ostrich Polo Team Transport nor the Welsh coach (to be known as 'Glendower Rheilffordd Gwibdaith') will be running on a regular basis as they risk derailing on the tightest bends.

The new couplings will be fitted to both replacement wagons for the Lazybeach Special and the re-bodied caravan-cum-guard's van.


The surviving parts of the
Lohner-Porsche Electromobile.



Recently-completed Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway
rolling stock.

A chance encounter with photographs of what remains of the first car designed by Ferdinand Porsche (1875–1951) back in 1898 intrigued the management of Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway. Anticipating trends of over a century later, it was electric.

Strictly it is known as the Lohner-Porsche Electromobile as Jacob Lohner employed Porsche to develop the power system. First prototypes were two-wheel drive, battery-powered electric vehicles with two front-wheel hub-mounted motors. A later version was a series hybrid using hub-mounted electric motors in each wheel, powered by batteries and a gasoline-engine generator.

A spokesperson for the management of Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway said, 'We are a heritage railway with ambitions to be the quirkiest railway in the world. So we plan to make a railway vehicle inspired by this first Porsche – and also pioneer the revival of steam-electric motive power.'

More details here.

'Monarch of the Glen' delayed

Delivery of the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway's Scottish-themed coach – to be known as 'Monarch of the Glen' – has been postponed as further work on the decorative battlements awaits suitably-skilled volunteeers. 'In all other respects,' according to the management's spokesperson, 'this carriage is coming together rather well. It would be a shame to spoil the overall effect by rushing the part that is most visible and distinctive.' More details here.


The construction of two replacement wagons for the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway's 'Lazybeach Special' has enabled four smaller wagons to be regauged for use on the two-foot track planned for the proposed Sandy Cove Sand Co sand mining museum. These wagons will acquire simple bench seats to enable passengers to be conveyed.

In addition, three hopper trucks of the type commonly found on two-foot gauge mineral lines have been acquired. These will assist with the construction of the track and enable visitors to experience something of how such a line may have once operated.

Subject to approval from the management board all the necessary parts for a small Lister-type petrol engine locomotive will be purchased. Once assembled and tested then this will enable to two-foot gauge rolling stock to run along a short length of track at the proposed sand mining museum. This will, of course, be quite separate to the three-foot gauge track of the Whittlecreek and Eaton St Torpid Heritage Railway, although there are plans for the Heritage Railway to eventually extend its track to the proposed Sandy Cove Sand Co sand mining museum.

More details here.

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Russell & Hobbs (ft. Glöda the Toasta)

Russell and Hobbs

With apologies to Bill Watterson

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