Hollycombe’s last 2009 open day, TODAY!

Sunday, October 25 2009


Building plate from Statfold, a 2005 built ‘Quarry Hunslet’, which paid a visit to the Hollycombe Quarry Railway in June 2009. Still from a You Tube video by gruntyfluster.

(Click to view.)

The Hollycombe Steam Collection is a wonderful working museum steam based at Liphook in Hampshire. The core of the collection consists of a collection of steam traction engines, steam tractors and steam showman’s engines. The collection was started by Commander John Baldock in the late 1940s. Over the years his museum grew to include a collection of vintage agricultural machinery and a complete Victorian fairground. Both of these are powered by his steam engines.

No proper steam museum is complete without a railway and Hollycombe has four. There is a 2ft gauge railway which uses two steam locomotives and a section of track from the Dinorwic Quarry. One of the locomotives is a diminutive 0-4-0ST built by Hunslet in 1895. The ex-Dinorwic track uses bullhead rail in cast iron chairs, and apart from sections of the Festiniog Railway is the last working example of this type of narrow gauge track left in Britain (and probably anywhere else in the world). There is also a standard gauge railway which was constructed to provide a run for a 0-4-0ST built by Hawthorn Leslie in 1899 and acquired by the Commander in 1985. Two miniature railways, a 7 ¼ inch gauge line and a 5 inch gauge line complete. The scene.

The sun is shining in Hampshire and today is the Hollycombe Steam Collection’s last open day this year. If you live reasonably close by why not pay this wonderful working museum a visit?



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