The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

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The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Wed Aug 22, 2018 8:37 pm

I've been lurking here for a few years, so thought it was about time I posted some pictures of my Railway. The CWLR has occupied the right hand side of our garden since I was just 14, so for 12 years (How time flies!).
It's a short run, equaling about 1/3rd of a scale mile, but I hope I've managed to fit plenty of photogenic areas! The railway is an out and back which runs from Charlwood to Top End and back. Top End is currently being extensively rebuilt as a result of a new conservatory being built, this will be something like its 4th incarnation!

Three steam locos are available for traffic, one track powered, one battery and one live steam. Today I had the live steamer out for a short while, I hope you enjoy the photos, theres plenty more where they came from! :mrgreen:

Not a lot going on today;

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No.1 shunts the log wagon on to the front of it's train;

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Coming up the bank into the now under reconstruction Top End;

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Sitting on the new Level Crossing;

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Through the Trees having left Top End;

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On the way back;

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(As you can see the station is still very much under construction!)

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And on the way home;

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End of the days work;

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR).

Post by tom_tom_go » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:11 pm

Welcome, it's great when a 'lurker' starts contributing to the forum.

Your line has lot's of character and reminds me of my little line.

I see you have a Silver Lady, same colour as mine I think?

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR).

Post by RobRossington » Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:54 pm

tom_tom_go wrote:
Wed Aug 22, 2018 9:11 pm
Welcome, it's great when a 'lurker' starts contributing to the forum.

Your line has lot's of character and reminds me of my little line.

I see you have a Silver Lady, same colour as mine I think?

Looking forward to hearing more from you.

Tom
Thanks Tom!

Character was the most important thing for me when building the line. It's taken a long time to get everything to where I'm happy with it, I think I'm getting there now.

It is indeed a Silver Lady, in bog standard maroon, which I think is a lovely colour. I got it for my 21st, 5 years ago, and am just starting to pluck up the courage to change a few things on it. On the list are Vac Bags, name plates and possibly a whistle!

There will be more, I promise!

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Post by ge_rik » Wed Aug 22, 2018 11:59 pm

What a picturesque looking railway. Looks very much part of the landscape. Good to hear from you and good to have a relatively young member contributing. Hope to hear more.

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Post by SimonWood » Thu Aug 23, 2018 9:22 am

It certainly is very photogenic! Wonderful pics.

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Post by Lonsdaler » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:24 am

A lovely railway, clearly well established. Please do post more! :thumbup:
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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by Andrew » Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:57 pm

Hello! That's looking great, with a real sense of identity, thanks for the photos.

I started in the garden at about the same age, although things paused for a while at about the age you are now when I found myself the father of twins. Somehow used it as a good excuse to buy a RH Bertie though...

Anyway, looking forward to new developments - or just more "trains in action" shots...

Cheers,

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by Soar Valley Light » Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:40 pm

Hello Rob,

As everyone else has said, your line looks very good. The years have clearly been well spent and the way it has settled into the landscape has paid off handsomely. It looks like it could be a railway with interesting operational opportunities too.

Like the rest, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by daan » Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:04 pm

Hello Rob,

That's a great little railway. The best part of railways being "out there" for a while, is that vegetation starts to take back the tracks a bit, giving the railway a lot of extra charm. Great that you run live steam also on the out and back line, I can imagine that it's a bit more hands-on operation when you can't run in circles with a steamer. Is it radio controlled or manual?

Cheers Daan.
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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:10 pm

Thank you all for the kind comments, it's much appreciated! :D
daan wrote:
Thu Aug 23, 2018 10:04 pm
Hello Rob,

That's a great little railway. The best part of railways being "out there" for a while, is that vegetation starts to take back the tracks a bit, giving the railway a lot of extra charm. Great that you run live steam also on the out and back line, I can imagine that it's a bit more hands-on operation when you can't run in circles with a steamer. Is it radio controlled or manual?

Cheers Daan.
Daan, The loco is indeed RC, don't think I could cope with a manual Live Steamer as I like to drive it as slowly as possible! I find that once it has warmed up it will perform quite happily, with the pressure sitting around the 20psi mark. The back straight has a dip in the middle too so it gets a little bit of a work out regardless of which way it runs round. I could do with visiting a nice big roundy roundy layout at some point as the loco is five years old now and I still don't think it's run in properly!
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 7:40 pm
Hello Rob,

As everyone else has said, your line looks very good. The years have clearly been well spent and the way it has settled into the landscape has paid off handsomely. It looks like it could be a railway with interesting operational opportunities too.

Like the rest, I'm looking forward to seeing more.

Andrew
I've managed to pack quite a bit into a small space I think, and I keep finding ways to make it more operationally interesting. I'm not bored of it yet, even after all these years, but I do have my eye on a couple of potential extensions..... :mrgreen:
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Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:57 pm
Hello! That's looking great, with a real sense of identity, thanks for the photos.

I started in the garden at about the same age, although things paused for a while at about the age you are now when I found myself the father of twins. Somehow used it as a good excuse to buy a RH Bertie though...

Anyway, looking forward to new developments - or just more "trains in action" shots...

Cheers,

Andrew
Definitely no twins on the horizon for me, I find juggling videoing and driving to be hard enough, never mind juggling twins and driving! :lol:

Anyway, some more pictures!

No.1 Leaves Charlwood with a short mixed, you might have noticed I don't run many passenger trains. This may or may not be due to a distinct lack of suitable rolling stock. This is something I'm hoping to rectify in the not too distant future as the railway is looking to invest in a fleet from swift16, having been suitably impressed with the two wagons we have from them and the Railbus currently under construction.....
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Meanwhile, on exam at the shed is the Railway's newest locomotive, No.3. You might notice that this particular loco looks quite different in many pictures, a result of my constant tinkering with it to tone down its many Americanisms!
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For example the next two shots are some of my favourites of this loco, but both are pre vacuum brakes, Smaller lamp and Lamp irons being fitted!

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Name plates are currently on order for both locomotives, No.1 will be 'Lady May' after my Grandma. No.3 will be named Cruachan, after the mountain (the power station within was a project my Grandad worked on).

More when I find them!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by IanC » Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:06 pm

Hello Rob,

What a wonderful railway and great photography. Your Silver Lady looks superb, but I'm biased having a similar Lady Anne in the same colour. Don't worry about your Silver Lady not being run in. Roundhouse run in all their classic loco's on air before despatch. If you haven't already, join the 16mm association and contact your local group. There's bound to be someone with a long roundy roundy run if you feel your Silver Lady needs to stretch it's legs.

I too am planning on getting some Swift Sixteen coaches. After much due deliberation IMHO I think they will be a good match for the Lady Anne and Silver Lady in size and appearance.
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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by FWLR » Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:29 am

Hi Rob,

Just some brilliant photos and you should be very proud to have a collection of very fine locos. I love your line, it’s simple, yet brilliantly thought out as well. Love the way you wind the locos around the tree. :thumbright: :thumbright:

Could you put a camera on a tripod, or even put it packed up on some thing soft like a cushion and take a short video from both ends. Just a thought. :idea:
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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by bazzer42 » Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:53 pm

Just back from holiday and catching up! A lovely set of pictures, I really like behind the shed with the baby's tears and the tree....super!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Sun Aug 26, 2018 4:46 pm

Again, thank you all for the kind comments :)
FWLR wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 10:29 am
Hi Rob,

Just some brilliant photos and you should be very proud to have a collection of very fine locos. I love your line, it’s simple, yet brilliantly thought out as well. Love the way you wind the locos around the tree. :thumbright: :thumbright:

Could you put a camera on a tripod, or even put it packed up on some thing soft like a cushion and take a short video from both ends. Just a thought. :idea:
Thank you :) The whole area under the acer with the engine shed etc is my favourite bit of the whole line, although the new Top End station is coming close, just need to finish it!

I've got a few video clips taken on my phone, and I try to make a new cab ride video using my GoPro every year so that I can see what has changed! I've got tripods galore of various different sizes so it's never difficult to find something to put the camera on! :mrgreen:
bazzer42 wrote:
Sat Aug 25, 2018 1:53 pm
Just back from holiday and catching up! A lovely set of pictures, I really like behind the shed with the baby's tears and the tree....super!
That's my favourite bit too!
IanC wrote:
Fri Aug 24, 2018 10:06 pm
Hello Rob,

What a wonderful railway and great photography. Your Silver Lady looks superb, but I'm biased having a similar Lady Anne in the same colour. Don't worry about your Silver Lady not being run in. Roundhouse run in all their classic loco's on air before despatch. If you haven't already, join the 16mm association and contact your local group. There's bound to be someone with a long roundy roundy run if you feel your Silver Lady needs to stretch it's legs.

I too am planning on getting some Swift Sixteen coaches. After much due deliberation IMHO I think they will be a good match for the Lady Anne and Silver Lady in size and appearance.
Thanks! Photography is my other passion, so I like to make sure that I have little vignettes that I can go back to get decent pictures. :thumbright:

I guess I'm not worried about it not being 'run in' as such, more that I wonder if I'm getting the best performance out of it! The more I use it the better it seems to get, whether that's my skills improving or the loco I'm not sure, I'm enjoying it though!


I really do love the swift 16 stuff, its easy to build (mostly!) and looks the part, the resin they make stuff out of is superb too!


Some more for you :)


No.1 is prepared for its next trip in the headshunt at Charlwood;
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It's later seen upon arrival at Top End. A works train sits in the loop. On my list for the Llanfair show is a new station building and some gas lamps to finish this area off. Oh, and a goods shed for the siding!

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No.3 lurks by the shed;

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Hope you enjoy!

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Re: The Charlwood Light Railway (CWLR)

Post by RobRossington » Sun Aug 26, 2018 5:00 pm

I've dug out a little bit of video that was hiding on my iPhone, these were all shot earlier in the year prior to the start of the great Top-End rebuild!







Enjoy!

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