Updated guidance on safety

HSG216 Passenger-carrying miniature railways – Guidance on safe practice has been the principal safety guidance for passenger-carrying miniature railways since the document’s publication by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 2002. However it is no longer part of HSE’s guidance suite as it was withdrawn seven years ago during the HSE’s review of its guidance.

Model engineering associations, federations and societies together with operators of commercial miniature railways and the miniature railway suppliers and traders realised that a replacement guidance document was essential in order to avoid miniature railways being dealt with alongside fairgrounds and amusement parks. As a result a new group, the Passenger Carrying Miniature Railway Safety Group (PCMRSG) was established in 2017 with the objective of drafting a new guide for the safe operation of passenger carrying miniature railways. The group includes 10¼” Gauge Railway Society, 7¼” Gauge Society, Heywood Society, Midland Federation of Model Engineers, Southern Federation of Model Engineering Societies, Northern Association of Model Engineers, Britain’s Great Little Railways, National Railway Museum and several manufacturers/suppliers of passenger carrying miniature railway equipment.

Drafting of a new safety guide was no easy task and the Group thanks those who responded with comments on a draft guidance. Over 150 comments and suggestions were received and all were considered.

In addition to close contact with businesses, clubs, societies and individuals the Group has benefited from regular input and assistance from the HSE and thanks to them must be recorded.

The new safety guide, HS2020 – Managing health and safety at passenger-carrying miniature railways, which has been fully endorsed by HSE, is now complete and available here.

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Wanted! 10 1/4″ loco

One of the drivers at Watford Miniature Railway is in the market for a 10 ¼” gauge steam locomotive to base at Watford and take on tour visiting other railways. Happy to consider standard gauge or narrow gauge outline. Although they would prefer something in running or near running condition (not least so they can make use if we’re all allowed out this summer!) projects will also be considered.

If you help or know of something available do get in touch – pop an email to charles@minirail.co.uk and the details will be passed on.

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For sale! Single bogie

Single 16” Allan Bogie with anti-fouling bar, fresh wheels and bearings. 8” high and 24” long.

Buyer inspects and collects from Mid-Sussex. £300 ono.

Contact David Adams on 07707 987316 or david10.25adams@btinternet.com

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For sale! Right Hand Points


Two 10 ¼ gauge right hand points constructed with 9lb rail with circa 1:6 and 1:14 turnout ratios. Virtually unused but one constructed with worn stock rail. Superfluous rust associated with outside storage.

Circa 4.2 metres by 1 metre each thus heavy.

Rail clip bolted all the way to steel sleepers which permits an element of adjustment to suit your requirements.

Supplied with 24 fishplates as well as 12 adjusting fishplates to connect with heavier rail (e.g. 14lb).

Buyer collects from Mid Sussex £1,895 ono.

Contact David Adams on 07707 987316 or david10.25adams@btinternet.com

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For sale! Points rodding

Mixture of point rodding parts for sale. Some home-made and some ex-Queen Mary’s with some full size parts. Picture with one metre ruler for guidance shows most of the parts including tube guides. 8.5 metres of additional rodding in three lengths not shown.

Buyer inspects and collects from Mid-Sussex. Offers in excess of £90.

Contact David Adams on 07707 987316 or david10.25adams@btinternet.com

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For sale! Pair of 10¼ Gauge Cromar White bogies

As previously advertised a pair of 10¼ Gauge Cromar White bogies.

Bought by me for a possible wheelchair coach project at Ingfield but now not needed.

Originally used under a Severn Lamb coach, wheels are wide but profiled to 9.5/8″ Back to Back dimensions. One wheel on each axle is loose and rotates smoothly in an oilite bush (very clever) but could easily be made fixed using a steel bush in its place. At the same time the bogies could be made into powered bogies or regauged to 7¼” easily enough.

Major dimensions are:- Length – 600mm
Overall width – 400mm over bearings, 475mm over de-railing bars (could be cut down) Overall Height – 210mm
Wheelbase – 400mm Height to bolster – 175mm
Bolster Pin Dia – 21mm
Wheel Dia – 150mm x 40mm
Axle Dia – 35mm Bearings – 25mm Take Up Bearings with die springs.

Collection from Eastleigh but could Pallet at cost. £600 ovno
Phone or message 07974 928014‬.

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London Model Engineering Show

The Society will be exhibiting at the London Model Engineering Exhibition 2020 at Alexandra Palace in North London from Friday 17th until Sunday 19th January 2020

A typical Ten and a Quarter display from a previous year.

Exhibition opening times are 10am – 5.00pm Friday and Saturday and 10am – 4.30pm on Sunday. All the latest information is available via the website www.londonmodelengineering.co.uk

This is a link to the mini show guide so you can plan your visit https://www.meridienneexhibitions.co.uk/media/6d65834b7aa34b8917f9d40d1a0e31d4/London2020-Show-Preview.pdf

Advance tickets prices are Adult £11.50; Senior/Student £11.00; Child (5-14) £4.00 and are available via the website https://meridiennelondonengineering.seetickets.com/event/london-model-engineering-exhibition/alexandra-palace/1334087 . Don’t forget if you are ordering more than 10 tickets to use the code GRP10. Advance ticket sales close at midnight on Thursday 16th January via the website.

On The Day tickets are available from 9am from the cash box and the exhibition opens at 10am. Prices for these are Adult £12.50; Senior/Student £12.00; Blue Light Cardholders £10.00; Child (5-14) £4.50.

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