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Hastings Miniature Railway
Topic Started: 25 Aug 2008, 11:49 AM (3,567 Views)
peterbryant
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Just been looking through some pictures of the Hastings Miniature Railway and discovered this one:

http://flickr.com/photos/suburbanmum/2788055234/

I just wondered whether the locomotive pictured here is a new Keef S/O that has delivered recently?

http://photosbyjosh.fotopic.net/p29540501.html

Comparing it with Swee' Pea, it is slightly different, but whether it's just Swee' Pea rebuilt, I don't know!

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Edited by peterbryant, 25 Aug 2008, 11:50 AM.
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Yep, thats a keef loco! I would suggest its a new one, as it would be a massive rebuild otherwise!

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The works number of the original 'Swee Pea' (built by Keef in 1990) was 31. I notice this "new" loco has a number '31' plate on the side. I'm therefore guessing it's the same loco. Maybe it recently went back to Keef's for an overhaul/rebuild? Only a guess though!

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I too think it is a rebuild, look at the shape of the bottom of bunker/top of bufferbeam, Keef probably wouldn't replicate that in a new build, and the cab arrangement looks distinctly un-Keef to me too. The level of polish isn't what I would expect from a newly outshoopped Keef loco, so I suspect this is a local rebuild.

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26 Aug 2008, 09:27 AM
I too think it is a rebuild, look at the shape of the bottom of bunker/top of bufferbeam, Keef probably wouldn't replicate that in a new build,
Also the four rivets/coach bolts on the back wall confirm the same.
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I went to Hastings today (Wednesday) and had a chat with the guy operating the railway. The story is that the Keef loco was playing up a lot early in the season and repairs would need the body to be removed. As the body was going to be dismantled he thought he would have a go at designing and building a new body more in keeping with a steam loco than the rather angular Keef thing. So it is a rebuild of the Keef loco done in-house at Hastings. Apparently it has proved very popular with the kids - not least because it is now blue, and the rebuilt body makes servicing etc. easier. During the winter the 7 coach set was also repainted into a standard livery with Hastings Miniature Railway logos. There are another 5 coaches available for service if needed but the operator is really looking for a second loco or at least a chassis (0-4-0/0-6-0) similar to the existing Keef. He doesn't want steam as IC is much easier on that kind of line. If anyone knows of such an animal can they let me know and I will pass the information on.
I have to say that the railway is looking very much better than it has for years with new signage, livery etc.

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Derek,

Thanks for the report and pictures, good to hear in detail about whats been happening.

I prefer the rebuilt Keef, and it's good to see the line, as you say, in a much better than it has been previously.

Is the locomotive still named Swee Pea?

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There's a loco with a dreadful body, ex-Wat Tyler, at Devon Railway Centre for sale.

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Peter, Yes the loco is still named Sweet Pea and carries the plates on the smokebox.
Tim, thanks - will let the guy know.

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I have a feeling that when built the Hastings MR was owned by Captian Howey and had a model of a Royal Scot - does anyonme have any further info
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See the topic re 10.25" gauge line at Romney.
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Have found a Facebook Group for the Hastings Miniature Railway at: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=wall&gid=309616582920#!/group.php?gid=309616582920&ref=ts

A new locomotive called Speedy Fizzle is being constructed by the railway, and almost complete, due for Easter.

I will contact the owner for more details.

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Yes it did used to have a royal scott.. this ran at oak hill manor afterwards. Any one know where it is now?
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sedwards_458
24 Mar 2010, 10:40 PM
Yes it did used to have a royal scott.. this ran at oak hill manor afterwards. Any one know where it is now?
I think it's the one at the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway, or is that the one from Syon Park?
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25 Mar 2010, 12:20 PM
I think it's the one at the Eastleigh Lakeside Railway, or is that the one from Syon Park?
IIRC Eastleigh's "Scot" came from Syon Park. The ex-Oakhill one is at the Royal Victoria Railway, awaiting restoration.
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