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Accucraft model donation boosts
“Peter” Fundraising effort

Amberley Museum’s fundraising campaign to pay for boiler repairs and mechanical work to its 2-foot gauge Bagnall locomotive “Peter” received a significant boost this autumn with a donation from a well-known model manufacturer.

Accucraft, who specialise in large scale live steam model locomotives, have donated one of their 7/8”/ft scale Bagnall saddle tank models for the Museum to sell by Sealed Bid Auction. The model runs on 45mm gauge track. The model being auctioned is a one-off version of their standard model, customised to look like “Peter” (without a cab) and finished in the Crimson Lake livery currently carried by the full size locomotive at Amberley. The standard model usually retails in the region of £1200.

The Museum staff, trustees and volunteers are extremely grateful to Graham Langer and Ian Pearse of Accucraft for this generous contribution to our fundraising campaign.

Sealed Bids are therefore being invited for the purchase of this unique model. The auction will run until the end of February 2019 and bids must be received by The Museum in writing by mid-day on Monday 25 February 2019. The bids will then be examined and the winner notified on Wednesday 27 February. Bid forms may be obtained using the download link below, or by post on receipt of an S.A.E. from Gerry Cork, c/o Amberley Museum, New Barn Lane, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex, BN18 9LT.

“Peter” was built in 1918 by W G Bagnall of Stafford as a 3 foot gauge machine and went to work for the Canadian Forestry Corps at Longtown, Cumberland. After its use there ceased, Bagnall’s reacquired it, converted it to 2 foot gauge and then sold it on to the Cliffe Hill Granite Co in Leicestershire. There it worked until 1949 during which time the name “Peter” was acquired.

By the 1960s “Peter” was in the ownership of the Narrow Gauge Railway Society and became part of the Brockham Museum collection moving to Amberley when the two collections were amalgamated in 1982. “Peter” was restored to working order in 1993 and has been a mainstay of the Museum’s steam railway operation ever since, along with “Polar Bear”, another product of the Staffordshire company.

“Peter’s” last duties before being taken out of service will be during the Museum’s Christmas weekends.

the bid document.

If you do not wish to take part in the auction but would still like to help with our fundraising campaign, please visit our Just Giving campaign page and make a donation. If you are able to Gift Aid your donation (you have to be a UK tax-payer to do so) then this will boost the amount you give by a further 25%.

2019 Railway events

Spring Industrial Trains Day
Sunday 14 April 2019

Plenty of action, featuring our collection of passenger and industrial rolling stock and locomotives, for you all to watch, video, or photograph. Plus, demonstration runs with the Road Machines contractors' monorail. If you would like to have a go at driving one of our locos, then we have just the thing - Driver for a Fiver - exactly what it says. Come and give it a try!

Railway Gala Weekend
Saturday/Sunday 13/14 July 2019

More details when we've finalised certain matters (no, don't ask!)

Autumn Industrial Trains
Sunday 6 October 2019

In 2019, Autumn Industrial Trains will be incorporated into the Museum's Autumn Historic Transport Gathering. As far as the railway part of the event is concerned, there will still be plenty of action, featuring our collection of passenger and industrial rolling stock and locomotives, for you all to watch, video, or photograph. Plus, demonstration runs with the Road Machines contractors' monorail.

We are also looking at running our Petrol Locos event again this year, on a date to be annnouced but most likely in August as part of another Museum event. So if you love the whiff of the ole petroleum spirit, then this is your chance.
More details in due course.

Peter Repair Fund launched

Peter fundraiser

At Railway Gala Weekend in July, besides the 100th birthday celebrations, we launched our Just Giving campaign to fund the extensive repairs now needed for our Bagnall locomotive Peter (WB2067/1918) once the 10-year boiler certificate expires later this year. Although it is unlikely that a completely new boiler will be required, the amount of work necessary will still be expensive.

Peter will continue in service for the remainder of the 2018 season, including our Christmas openings, with the final fire being dropped after service on 16 December 2018.

Peter has been a popular attraction at Amberley since 1993 and with your generous donations it should not be too long before he is in front-line service once again.

We hope it is not too presumptuous of us to thank you in advance for your generosity.

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The Way We Were

Brockham Museum 1982
Brockham 1982
Arrivals, construction and restorations
Amberley 1988
Amberley 1989 - consolidation
Amberley 1991 - 1992
Amberley 1993 style

These links will take you to a series of slideshows of the Museum's railway as it was when we were all a lot younger!
The chronology should be about right but if you spot any glaring errors or inconsistencies, then please let us know.

Thanks to Richard Cossey for the loan of the photographs from the Brockham Museum, the 1982-85 and 1988 sections.

And there's this .....

A Grand Day Out - RailGroup fashion .....

A Grand Day Out

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LINKS: The following may be of interest.

Hampshire Narrow Gauge Railway Trust (HNGRT) (owners of Wendy)
Twyford Waterworks Trust
Moseley Railway Trust
Narrow Gauge Railway Society (NGRS)
Industrial Railway Society (IRS)
East Anglia Transport Museum (EATMS) Carlton Colville
Triang Minic Narrowgauge Railway Society
Railway & Canal Historical Society

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