Driving on other lines

Perrygrove Railway, Coleford, Glos, England

The Perrygrove Railway is a delightful 15 inch gauge railway in the Forest of Dean on which I am an occasional driver. The main locomotive is the 0-6-0 tank engine "Spirit of Adventure" built by the Exmoor Steam Railway in 1993. The railway is a mimimum gauge Heywood style, and various replica Heywood locomotives and wagons reside on it. The latest addition is a Garrett which was built for the Bush Mill Railway in Tasmania.

Strawberry Line Miniature Railway, Bristol, England

The Strawberry Line Miniature Railway is a 5 inch gauge commercial passenger carrying railway in the Avon Valley County Park near Bristol. The very hospitable owner, Mike Bass, is happy to share his double track line with visting locos and their owners. I took my Ride on Railways Trojan tram loco, and hauled a train of 60 axles for an hour with ease. Is this a world haulage record for a 4 wheel 5 inch gauge loco?

Roaring Camp Railroad, Felton, California, USA

The Roaring Camp and Big Trees Railroad is a 3 foot gauge former logging railway just south of San Francisco. It has a collection of geared locos including a Climax, Heisler and Shay. I drove the 2 truck Shay "Dixiana" which was built in 1912 by Lima Locomotive Corp. The line winds between the redwood trees and is extremely challenging to drive with tight curves, switchbacks and steep gradients of up to 1 in 11.

Bure Valley Railway, Aylesham, Norfolk, England

The Bure Valley Railway is a 9 mile long 15 inch gauge railway which runs along a former standard gauge trackbed. It has a number of very powerful miniature locomotives. I drove "Spitfire", a 2-6-2 ZB class engine built by Winson Engineering in 1994.