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WHIPSNADE STEAM RAILWAY

AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS - CAIRNS KURANDA RAILWAY - QUEENSLAND RAILWAYS COUNTRY LINK - CANBERRA HERITAGE RAILWAY - PUFFING BILLY RAILWAY VICTORIAN GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY - SEYMOUR TO BENALLA RAILWAY - 707 GROUP NORTH WILLIAMSTOWN RAILWAY MUSEUM

TASMANIA - DON RIVER RAILWAY - WEST COAST WILDERNESS RAILWAY
SHEFFIELD RAILWAY - HOBART TRANSPORT MUSEUM

NEW ZEALAND RAILWAYS - - AUCKLAND MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT - GLENBROOK RAILWAY MAINLINE STEAM AUCKLAND TO INVERCARGILL - PLAINS RAILWAY - PLEASANT POINT RAILWAY TAIERI GORGE RAILWAY - ARTHURS PASS RAILWAY - FERRYMEAD MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT

PERU RAILWAYS - PERURAIL - F.C.C.A. - CENTRAL RAILWAY - SOUTHERN RAILWAY
CUSCO AND SANTA ANA RAILWAY - HUANCAYO AND HUANCAVELICA RAILWAY YAURICOCHA - CERRO DE PASCO - ENAFER

ECUADOR RAILWAYS - FERROCARRILL ECUATORIANA
E.F.E. - E.N.F.E. - GUAYAQUIL & QUITO - QUITO & SAN LORENZO

IRELAND - IRISH RAIL - TRALEE AND BLENNERVILLE STEAM RAILWAY
ENGLAND - FFESTINIOG RAILWAY - GREAT ORME TRAMWAY - SCOTLAND

MOROCCO RAILWAYS - HARZER-SCHMALSPUR-BAHNEN
CZECH RAILWAYS - SLOVAK RAILWAYS - POLISH RAILWAYS - ROMANIAN RAILWAY

WHIPSNADE STEAM RAILWAY.

OVERVIEW

Construction started in 1970 and the initial line opened on August 26, 1970. The line provided rides within the animal enclosures and an additional attraction in its own right. Originally called the Whipsnade and Umfolozi Railway, it began as a short line running from near the children's zoo. It was later extended to form a loop through several paddocks.

The line was primarily equipped from the Bowater's Railway (now Sittingbourne & Kemsley Light Railway) in Sittingbourne, Kent, which was the last steam-operated narrow gauge industrial railway in Britain.

THE ROUTE

The train normally travels clockwise around the loop. Leaving the station the train travels east under the foot bridge and passing the children's play area and children's farm on the left. At this point the track crosses the road. There are no barriers but the crossing is controlled by an automated warning system. Past the crossing the Track begins to curve to the right and descend slightly passing the emu paddock on the right and the train yard on the left.

The track then curves more sharply to the right before straightening up and passing the first elephant paddock on the left. The route then crosses a wide foot path used to move the elephants between paddocks. This crossing is equipped with barriers. The Route continues roughly straight and level past the elephant and Asian rhino paddocks on the right before crossing over a road and entering into the area of the zoo known as passage through Asia. Here there are no barriers between the train and the animals, which consist of Bactrian Camels, Yak and Pere David Deer.

The track then crosses the big ha-ha and turns to the right passing through the deer park (also known as Cut throat paddock) and the Prewaski horses on the right. Here the track slopes downhill before passing through the tunnel.

Emerging from the tunnel into round close paddock the train passes the Africa paddock on the left which contains Gemsbok, Ostrich and common Zebra and Lake Deadelus on the right. Here the track curves more sharply to the right and climbs uphill back to the station crossing central avenue just before reaching the platform. This crossing has gates and is manned by platform staff during train operation.

LOCOMOTIVES

Steam locomotives

No. 2 Excelsior. Kerr Stuart Brazil 0-4-2 SideTank. Works No. 1049. Built 1908 new for the Bowaters Paper Railway, arrived at Whipsnade 1970

No. 4 Superior Kerr Stuart Baretto 0-6-2 Tank. Works No. 4034 Built 1920 new for the Bowaters Paper Railway, arrived at Whipsnade 1970

Diesel locomotives

No. 8 Victor John Fowler 6wDM. Works No. 4160005 Built 1951 for a failed groundnuts scheme in Africa, sold to British Portland Cement Co.'s works at Lower Penarth, Glamorgan. Sold to the Welshpool and Llanfair Light Railway in 1968, arrived at Whipsnade 1972.

Approaching Whipsnade Central. No. 4 in charge.

A well packed train.

Approaching the station.

Closer.

Proud driver and fireman.

Immaculate Inside.

Manufacturers Plate.

Central Station, train ready to depart.

Signalbox.

Loading.

Another view of train ready to depart.

A good load.

Through the paddocks.

Another corner.

Spare set for busy days.

Coach closeup.

Fowler diesel.

Inside a bit rustic.

The Baguley Drewry diesel.

No. 2 on shed.

Proud Engineer.

Likewise having a cup of tea awaiting next departure.

Updated : 20th. September 2008