Wednesday, 14 August 2013

Mick Twyman archive - Dreamland miniature railway




Mick Twyman


More from the late Mick Twyman archive.








"A popular feature of John Henry IIes Dreamland railway.Dreamland was the 15 inch gauge
miniature railway. This postcard from 1921 shows the first locomotive "Prince Edward of Wales" which came from Rhyl miniature railway having previously operated at White City in London. The Rhyl concern also supplied six carriages and the station and track side equipment. The Locomotive, a class 10 built by Bassett - Lowke in 1908 was joined in 1928 by "Billie", a product of Albert Barne's Albion Works at Rhyl. Barnes being the engineer of the Rhyl railway. Both locomotives ran in concert until the War, by which time "Prince Edward of Wales" was worn out. After the conflict, "Billie" worked alongside with the other locomotive left parked in the station for effect. A petrol locomotive entered service in the mid 1960's to work alongside "Billie" and "Prince Edward of Wales" was sold in 1968. The line was closed in 1979." Mick Twyman  2000 Bygonne Margate page 49.


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1 comment:

Peter Wilson said...

"built by Bassett - Lowke in 1908 was joined in 1928 by "Billie", a product of Albert Barne's Albion Works at Rhyl. Barnes being the engineer of the Rhyl railway."

Photographic & documentary evidence has Billie on the original 'Greenly' circular track, late 1922 or early 1923. Indeed all six Barnes loco's were completed before the end of 1923.