Snowdon Mountain Railway, North Wales, UK
The first locomotive Nigel modified at the Llanberis based Snowdon Mountain Railway was No.7 Ralph. No.7 was of the second batch of locos delivered to the SMR by SLM 1923.
SMR No.7 Ralph out and about on the line before the exhaust system was modified. © Nigel A. H. Day
Another view of No.7 Ralph with a train typical of the type the SMR run to service the summit station here engaged on a permanent way train. Note the brass lamps on the loco and whistle, all constructed by Nigel. © Nigel A. H. Day
To improve steaming Nigel equipped No.7 with an exhaust system he describes as 'more like a Kylpor than a Lempor.' With this exhaust the loco would steam successfully on the poor coal the SMR was suffering with at the time.
In this view No.7 Ralph now sports several of Nigel's brass additions, one of Nigel's whistles and a revised draughting arrangement of the Kylpor type. © Nigel A. H. Day
Following the withdrawal of No.7 with a life expired boiler the Kylpor was transferred to No.6 Padarn with which it still runs today.
No.6 Padarn, built 1922, now carries the Kylpor. It is seen alongside the water column at Llanberis. July 11 2003
Nigel now gained a 'new' locomotive to look after; No.4 Snowdon, built by SLM in 1896. It is with this locomotive that Nigel showed just what was possible with a Lempor exhaust and oil firing.
SMR No.4 Snowdon, built by SLM in 1896, at Snowdon Summit station. The large whistle on the dome is one made by Nigel. © Nigel A. H. Day
Looking magnificent in 2000. No.4 Snowdon is seen at Llanberis with Nigel in the fireman's seat. Courtesy of Nigel A. H. Day
With the exception of those on No.6 all the modifications made have now been removed. Having been employed on the SMR from the late 1970's through to September 2004 Nigel has now moved on to to the world's first rack and pinion railway the Mount Washington Cog Railway.
For more information on his SMR work see:
SMR Locomotive Brasswork
In addition to the technical enhancements to SMR No.7 & No.4 Nigel has also enhanced their appearance. He is accomplished at producing first class brass work. Many of his creations have graced the engines over the years. He also took great care to get them painted to a high standard. The locos were made to stand out and have been very popular with visitors. People make a point of wanting to find and be photographed with No.4.
No.4 Snowdon at Snowdon Summit station with many of Nigel's brass additions to the loco. The presentation of the locomotive is first class and is a real credit to Nigel. © Nigel A. H. Day
These pieces of brass work surrounded the chimney.© Nigel A. H. Day
A Welsh tiger and an Indian elephant ride above the injector pipework along with several other brass items.© Nigel A. H. Day
A good view of No.4's front end at Llanberis station. Note the BR style 7H shed plate. 7H was not a real BR shed ! © Nigel A. H. Day
A close up of the front plate used on No.4. © Nigel A. H. Day
Just a few horse brasses on the very simple backhead then ! The firehole door is of the type designed by Nigel. © Nigel A. H. Day
As with the thermodynamic modifications to No.4 all of the brasswork has also been removed. Perhaps it will reappear on the other side of the Atlantic in the not to distant future?