The 8D Association



Halton Miniature Railway
21st September 2013.


The group at Mousetrap Hall station at the start of the visit.
Photo by Tony Foster.

A very warm welcome was given by the volunteers to the Association's first visit to this fascinating miniature railway. Established on 8th April 1979 the line has been heavily extended and now has one mile of track running through Runcorn Town Park. Initially a tour of the facilities, track layout and a talk on the history and development of the line was given by Mr Geoffrey Johnson a founder member of the railway. After a walk along most of the line and along the proposed extension the group had the opportunity to look around the engine shed at the stock on site and the engines brought in for the event. Members were then invited to take the controls of the two available trains and after a short instruction on the controls, were allowed to take trains on the large loop. The day was enjoyed by all and must be ranked in the top five outings that the Association has had in the past 3 years. Our thanks must be extended to the volunteers on the railway for making the day very special indeed.


The group at the start being informed of the background history of the line.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


The first train of the day passes the group on their tour of the line.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


A special train was run out to collect the group and take them back to Mousetrap Hall station.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


The train on the southern part of the triangle under the watchful eye of Geoffrey.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Jamie Callaghan awaits passengers at Hillside Halt.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


John Wilson on a run driving something slightly slower than he does during the week.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Lee Woods under instruction at Mousetrap Hall before taking the train out.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Lee running round the western part of the triangle.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Former driver Roy Dixon contemplates the arrival of his Form 1 after splitting the points beneath the first coach after an otherwise faultless run around the line.
Photo by John Wilson.



Les Fifoot's love affair with the diesel locomotive moves to another level.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


With the facing points now set to the correct direction Paul Wright enters the southern section of the triangle.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Luckily Robert Callaghan stopped his train well clear of the points on the triangle possibly anticipating Paul's faux pas.
Photo by Terry Callaghan.


Terry Callaghan at the controls of the lookalike Class 47 prepares for a run.
Photo by Jamie Callaghan.


HST inside the shed at Mousetrap Hall.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.


Hymek Class 35 built by the pupils of Norton Priory School outside the engine shed.
Photo by Jamie Callaghan.


General view of the interior of the shed at Mousetrap Hall.
Photo by Jamie Callaghan.


American Railroad style loco and the Hymek outside the shed.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.


A blue industrial shunter standing with Toby outside the engine shed.
Photo by Robert Callaghan.


Visiting loco Wren at Mousetrap Hall.
Photo by Paul Wright.


Another of the visiting locos gets a run out.
Photo by Paul Wright.

For further information on the Halton Miniature Railway click here:-http://www.haltonminiaturerailway.co.uk/







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